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  1. Welcome Luis, Your location is not given but...

    Welcome Luis,

    Your location is not given but hopefully you can find some Baltic Birch plywood (Russian Plywood). The knots are filled, quality excellent. Comes in 5’ x 5’ . Cut the openings in 2...
  2. Luke, clearly your constraints limit your choices...

    Luke, clearly your constraints limit your choices but at the same time add a required simplicity. The small bench you like would be very functional compared to no bench. There are always workarounds...
  3. Yes the wracking can be useful at times. I made a...

    Yes the wracking can be useful at times. I made a dadoe in the face of the vise and a series of spacers. They don’t fall out and work well.
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    As for cutting the end off wood I just use...
  4. How the Japanese wood workers sit on the floor...

    How the Japanese wood workers sit on the floor with their legs crossed all day I can’t imagine. Your reach is limited and that way of working requires pull planes. If you build a bench top and put it...
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    Reached the same conclusion a couple of weeks ago...

    Reached the same conclusion a couple of weeks ago and ordered a few measuring instruments and small Japanese tools that are far better than the ones I have now at less than half the price. They will...
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    Look at Lee Valley Tools shoulder vise screw and...

    Look at Lee Valley Tools shoulder vise screw and tail vise screw. Inexpensive and very easy to work with.
  7. Pax saws from Thomas Flynn and Co in the UK. They...

    Pax saws from Thomas Flynn and Co in the UK. They have a dovetail, tenon and rip etc. I have bought from them with no complaints at all, well packaged.
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    If you look at my ‘Bookcase build, Black Oak’ in...

    If you look at my ‘Bookcase build, Black Oak’ in the Neanderthals, currently page 17 it should give you some answers.
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    Seems to be like a tapered tenon, except the...

    Seems to be like a tapered tenon, except the mortise is tapered and the wedge dowel is fixed, a pair provide the width required. The wave surface increases the surface area to prevent pull out, it...
  10. Correct Gary, with the bevel shallow.

    Correct Gary, with the bevel shallow.
  11. Here are two examples, you can’t really see the...

    Here are two examples, you can’t really see the taper under the edge but it’s there. The edge is about 2/3 of the full depth. The overhang is 2.5” on the small table and 3” on the large table.
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  12. Yes the edge taper is visible. A larger top gives...

    Yes the edge taper is visible. A larger top gives a more gradual taper that can not be seen. The vertical edge adds to the effect of lightening the top so it looks elegant. This enables the top to be...
  13. Some observations; feelings….. If the top is made...

    Some observations; feelings….. If the top is made a little larger the edge can stay vertical but a true taper under the top will give the top a light look but keep it strong to resist sagging.

    The...
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    I wanted some weight at the top of the sharpening...

    I wanted some weight at the top of the sharpening station so it would not move around. A black granite off cut from a kitchen counter place works well. It’s held underneath at three places so no...
  15. Solid walnut is quite reasonable for such a small...

    Solid walnut is quite reasonable for such a small amount; they used plywood. The joint between the leg and shelf could actually look like a joint if the leg had a small rebate for the shelf, also...
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    A sharp plane blade is the best finish you can...

    A sharp plane blade is the best finish you can obtain on wood. If you are adding 7 coats of varnish then sanding will be filled by the varnish and look fine. If you are using an oil finish sanding...
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    Jay that is lovely. The proportions and look are...

    Jay that is lovely.
    The proportions and look are a delight. The door frames give it a very solid look.
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    A fun refreshing piece, and useful. Good to make...

    A fun refreshing piece, and useful. Good to make something in a non-western style.
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    Yes Bill one of those on each side would look...

    Yes Bill one of those on each side would look good and strengthen the joint. A bow saw would be ideal for that. Can’t see the legs penetrating the deck in the picture.
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    Bill the post joints worry me, that and no...

    Bill the post joints worry me, that and no bracing. Given the weight up there a strong wind could bring that down easily. The post grooves could go all the way up the beam, increasing the joint...
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    Have used it for drawer runners under a coffee...

    Have used it for drawer runners under a coffee table where it will never be seen. Not what I call an attractive joint, just strong and functional. On the few occasions I’ve used it, always out of...
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    If you stretch the picture you can see the...

    If you stretch the picture you can see the wedges.
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  23. Jason, looking at that piece two things leap out;...

    Jason, looking at that piece two things leap out; it does not look ‘grounded’ just floating, the flow from the ground is not there, four stepped corner feet could fix that. The top also looks...
  24. Very true Oskar, I dimension my own wood to match...

    Very true Oskar, I dimension my own wood to match my drawings. Hard woods are plenty strong. Soft wood drawer bottoms with tapered edges work well. Tapered edges on tops of furniture give it a light...
  25. Leonardo DaVinci was great at proportions and...

    Leonardo DaVinci was great at proportions and ratios, he did some maths to try and quantify it. Good advice given here, look at furniture. Go to museums, the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design just...
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