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Cherry Urn

I built this cherry box to be used as an urn for the cremains of a relative.  The box is made out of highly figured cherry.  The sides are joined by hand-cut dovetails and the top and bottom are...


This bench is 25 inches wide by 8 feet long.  The legs are 5 inches square and are laminated from 1 1/2 inch stock.  The top is 4 inches thick.  I special ordered southern yellow pine...

bookcase cabinet

This bookcase cabinet was built by me as a Christmas present for my wife as storage for her collection of cookbooks.  The cabinet is built from highly figured walnut and curly maple.  The...

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Re: UPDATE: 3 Book Giveaway! Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to...

Good combination of books that I do not own.

Re: workbench

Answer to Tincup.

I ordered 15 #1 grade southern yellow pine boards from Lowes.
I recall that the price was about $13.50 each.

The boards were 2"x12" and were 12 feet in length. This length allowed me to make the 1 1/2 " by 8 foot boards for the top and still have enough out of the remainder to make the laminated legs, stiles for the end frames, and chops for the vises.

I had two boards left which I used to make a clamp on bench 14 " tall , 5 feet long and one board wide to put on top of the bench for close up work such as fine chisel work, sanding, routing, etc. This allows me to do this type work without stooping to the level of the main bench. I also plan to build a Moxon vise out of the remaining wood. I had very little waste due to the quality of the #1 grade boards.

I also cut a piece of masonite to fit the top of the bench complete with dog holes to match those of the bench top. It is kept in place by placing two dogs in matching holes. I use this to protect the bench top when doing rough work.

Re: workbench

Answer to questions from artagain.

I put a deadman on the back side so that that side surface can also be uded to hold boards, or panels for edge work. I drilled dog holes in the face of the legs which with a dog clam can easily hold a large piece in conjunction with the sliding deadman.

I used 2 1/2 swivel casters from Lowes. They each have 150 pound capacity.

I attached thick saddle leather to the faces of all vises with double stick carpet tape. This makes it easily removable and replaceable.

I mortised the back face of the vise into the end board and lag bolted to the bench. The long grain gives a stronger attachment than bolting into the end grain. After mortising the metal back face into the first piece of walnut, I then covered it with another piece of walnut for a smooth surface to mount the leather.

I used both books by Chris Schwarz as well as others to design the bench. I like the SYP since it is as dense and stiff as maple and other hardwoods.

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)

I have a complete set of the magazine. My son is a woodworker also, so for Christmas last year I gave him the DVD so that he can access the valuable information from his home

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

After carefully removing the nail from my left thumb, I place the severed nail against the wedge of the plane. Then, I am ready to plane a perfect thumbnail profile on the edge of this workpiece.

Re: Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

I bought a new Craftsman RAS in 1972 and I have used it in some way on every project since then despite having a table saw, a miter saw, band saw, planer etc.

I built a cradle for my first son out of rough cut hard maple and did all the machine work on the RAS. I followed the instructions and successfully an safely ripped the maple to width after planing the surface with a surface planner attachment and sanded the surfaces with an attached sanding drum.

In my experience the machine is essential to a well equipped shop. Common sense and reading and following instructions can eliminate the common safety issues.

Re: Chester County Tall Chest

I am in the process of building some cherry furniture. I am very impressed by the finish on your chest. Could you please describe the finish you used. Excellent work.

Re: Walnut Newel Post

Good to see that commercial businesses are using traditional techniques to produce authentic reproductions.

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