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Thread: New Moravian Bench build Part 2

  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Mueller View Post
    Nice build, Ken. I appreciate the slab glue up. Haven’t done many, but do the same as you. Glue the straightest first, then add from there. To speed things up, I let the first two sit in clamps for about an hour, then add the next for an hour, then the next and so on. At least this way, I can add a board an hour and typically have it all in clamps in one day. When I take the clamps off for the next board, it gives me a chance to run a putty knife down the glue line to clean it up...at least the facing side. I let the bottom side glue dry and get after it with a cabinet or card scraper.

    Is that some sort of highly collectible vintage chisel you’re using to clean the glue
    Phil,

    Your way sounds a lot more efficient than mine. I hate slab glue ups and will do my best to avoid but sometimes the wood just isn't available.

    You noticed , That is a highly collectable Woodcraft special chisel. As I have posted before, I expect it is the cheapest and the most used chisel in my shop. I use it for everything but opening paint cans. If I ever see another one on display at the local Woodcraft I'll buy it because if anything happens to this one I'd be lost. BTW, after using it for awhile I bought some "good" crank neck chisels, I still reach for this one almost every time.

    ken

    ken

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    I’ll have to keep my eye out for it next time I’m there. At $27, it’s tempting, very tempting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Mueller View Post
    I’ll have to keep my eye out for it next time I’m there. At $27, it’s tempting, very tempting.

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    Phil,

    I'm not sure what the steel is but whatever it holds an edge ok and will sharpen on any of my stones India, Ark, man made water, or JNat.

    ken

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    The crisscross is installed and working as advertised. Next is installing the screw and nut. It is mostly fiddly work making sure everything lines up and nothing drags.

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    Once the nut and flange are screwed down and the action is free I'll take the vise and backer board apart and finish shaping each.

    The next step is installing the slab followed by marking the positions of the upper and lower backer board mortises on the slab and long stretcher. The whole bench will have to come apart one more time to chop the mortises then back together with vise and backer board installed.

    After installing the vise all that is left to do is making a tool tray. The fat lady is warming up backstage.

    ken

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    The vise is together and it is slick. Give the Johnson bar a push either left or right and the screw spins until it runs out of energy or the chop runs into something. Then give the bar a little encouragement and whatever is between the chop and the face is held rock solid. Pretty impressive.

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    I still have to shape and fit the backing board to the bench and shape the chop but the vise is made and it is onto installing the slab.

    ken

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    Before you can blind peg that sucker you gotta get the slab on the base. Another couple of feet longer I'm not sure I could do it without help.

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    Next up is deciding where to put the base mortises and then driving a finishing nail 10mm or so into the center to start the blind pegging.

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    Clip the nails to about 3mm, leave enough so they can be easily removed but short enough to just leave a marking hole in the slab.

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    Place the slab back into position on the base and press down to mark the mortise location. Remove the slab and drill the mortises. The back mortise will be elongated on the slab to allow wood movement. The next post will cover drilling the mortises and final install of the vise.

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    I guess I should add that the base mortises will hold 5/8" dowels that stick up ~25mm and the slab mortises slip over the dowels to hold the slab in place.


    The next job will be taking the base apart to chop a mortise in the stretcher to hold the vise backer board. The slab will have to be moved back into the shop, my back hurts thinking about it, so I can chop the mortise for the top of the backer board. Once those are done the bench goes back together with the vise installed and the bench is finished other than clean up and making a tool tray.

    ken
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    The slab mortises are finished, I expect I'll do a little more clean up on the bottom before the bench is finished but the slab is ready to mate with the base.

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    The rectangular mortise is to house the top tenon on the vise backer board and the round mortises will house the base 5/8" dowels holding the slab in place.


    One more mortise to chop on the long stretcher to house the bottom tenon on the vise backer board. Once that mortise is chopped the base will go back together, the vise will be fitted, and the slab installed. All that is left is the tool tray and clean up. The fat lady is clearing her throat.


    ken

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