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  1. Eyes and strength change as you age. I'm on the...

    Eyes and strength change as you age. I'm on the back side of 76, soon to be 77 and over the last 5 or so years building workbenches has become more difficult. Not so much to stop building but the...
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    Derek, My first thought was "Derek sure makes...

    Derek,

    My first thought was "Derek sure makes pretty tools" and he did it again. That was at first glance, I was busy and went on to other things but I had time to come back and read about and...
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    Lowell, My push sticks are bigger and better...

    Lowell,

    My push sticks are bigger and better than most of those. Still doesn't change the fact that a band saw is safer with no kickback. I'm not knocking how you do it, I just think my way is...
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    Robert, Depending on the wood and number I...

    Robert,

    Depending on the wood and number I agree, most of the time I will just grab a woodie and beaver away. Sometimes a jig is nice to use.

    ken
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    Lowell, While I have a table saw and even use...

    Lowell,

    While I have a table saw and even use it some, for most operations I try to find a better way. That way I avoid loss of fingers and being penetrated by wood projectiles. I'm not saying...
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    Moravian Workbench Tucson, AZ

    Recently completed Moravian workbench for sale: $1600 USD FOB Tucson, AZ. See link https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?276395-Moravian-Workbench-Finished.

    The bench has a Poplar base with a...
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    Jim, Your description of moving big hunks of...

    Jim,

    Your description of moving big hunks of hunking wood brought a smile. It ain't easy for us OFs.

    ken
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    Thanks Freller, It comes from having made most...

    Thanks Freller,

    It comes from having made most mistakes that can be made on previous builds :). That is one of the reasons I advocate making early benches simple, quick, and cheap because it takes...
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    Tool Rack Added: I added a tool rack to the...

    Tool Rack Added:

    I added a tool rack to the bench this AM. After a couple of weeks of posting the bench is finished, it really is now. The tool rack even has a coat of Tung oil, you canít get more...
  10. Mike, As always, beautiful work. I loved being...

    Mike,

    As always, beautiful work. I loved being a voyeur and getting a good look see at you shop.

    Thanks,

    ken
  11. Marinus, I can not address directly Clifton...

    Marinus,

    I can not address directly Clifton planes but with LN planes the depth adjuster hole in the cap iron can be too small causing the iron to not seat on the frog. It is an easy fix to...
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    Steven, If you go back and read the original...

    Steven,

    If you go back and read the original post that the last few posters were responding to it was posted well before the OP posted he had fixed the problem. I stand by my post, there is no...
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    Jim, Much the same with mine, it is a good...

    Jim,

    Much the same with mine, it is a good spot to hold the bench hooks and other bench appliances. I also use it to store many of the different hammers that are needed but not often used. I have...
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    Tom, Thanks. The vise holds well enough that...

    Tom,

    Thanks. The vise holds well enough that for about 2 seconds I thought about just letting the jaws go commando but the vise came with BC's "Crubber" so I used that. I'm glad I did, the holding...
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    Stew thanks, On the portable Moravian...

    Stew thanks,


    On the portable Moravian benches the leg vise is lighter and breaks down into a modular unit that is very easy to take off and put back on. With the crisscross and BC Classic screw...
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    Jim, I agree. ken

    Jim,

    I agree.

    ken
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    Thanks Phil. I'd have a hard time working on a...

    Thanks Phil.

    I'd have a hard time working on a bench without some kind of off slab storage. Drawers and cabinets under do not work but a shelf does.

    ken
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    Thanks Michael, The little I've used it, it is...

    Thanks Michael,

    The little I've used it, it is becoming a favorite. Mostly because the vise is so slick and it is very stable. Fact is I'm ordering a BC vise and crisscross to retrofit the main...
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    Chris, I've been trying to find a place for a...

    Chris,

    I've been trying to find a place for a cup holder but so far no joy :D.

    I think a kick wheel for MsBubba. Then either another bench or a new shave horse.

    ken
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    Installed Shelf On New Bench

    Installed a shelf on the long stretchers of the new bench. It is pretty much the same as the shelf on the shop Moravian, just a little shorter.

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    From the other side:

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    David, You have been reading my mail :p. My...

    David,

    You have been reading my mail :p.

    My next build is a kick wheel for MsBubba. After that is a toss up between a tarted up shave horse (my current one is a prototype and pretty ugly) or a...
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    At some point you should say to heck with it and...

    At some point you should say to heck with it and buy a new Japanese, Hock, Veritas, or even a new Stanley cutter and get on with life. Unless rubbing iron on sandpaper or stone is how you get your...
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    I had not thought of kangaroo leathers as a...

    I had not thought of kangaroo leathers as a strop. Back in the long distance Motorcycle riding days I used kangaroo skin riding gloves. They were very soft and thin but tough and wore well and unlike...
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    Robert, Best I can tell RH Preyda is the old...

    Robert,

    Best I can tell RH Preyda is the old Hall's operation, I expect their stones are the same.

    ken
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    Jim, You are the man, my arm would take a week...

    Jim,

    You are the man, my arm would take a week or so to recover if I use the brace and with Tucson's temps this Summer it could take even longer to finish :).

    All you need are two holes in the...
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