Bench Progress Photos

Here are some crappy phone pictures of the awesome Benchcrafted end vise installation. Thanks for the Christmas present Lisa.photo (3)photo (27)The funny over hang extension in the front was to accommodate some big dovetails or “condor tails” as Jameel Abraham calls them.  I wanted those for aesthetic reasons more than anything.  I came up with this solution for my two 12″ slabs.  Might be a dumb idea, but I think it looks cool.
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I don’t use routers very  much as you can see from the wandering line, plus this one exploded after just this one job of tough white oak. Scary!!!photo (19)The tension in the slab brought the overhang way over so I used a spacer to keep things square.photo (24)Marking out the sockets.
photo (23) You can see the extra wide mortise.  I figured this was the only way to get the dovetails to slide in.photo (22) photo (21) photo (20)I also got this for Christmas from ebay.  The handle it came with was not original, and it was way off center, so I made a new one out of the tons of white oak leftovers.  I was so glad to use it for paring such big faces.  I felt like a timber framer.photo (18) photo (17) photo (16) This was very difficult wood to work with!  Gnarly stuff.photo (15) First rail in!photo (14)All in!
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photo (10) I was eager to get some finish on it to see how it would look.  I slopped on some Watco.photo (9)I can’t wait till I can tear down the OSB bench under there.
photo (8) photo (7)Leg stock 5 1/4″ square.  Solid white oak with some good quarter sawn figure too.photo (6) photo (5)This grain orientation might be a huge mistake.  I wanted the rays to show in front.

We’ll see…
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