I'd like to say I just haven't had any time in the shop this week, but the truth is I hit a wall. Earlier this week I milled the stock for my leg vise, deadman and parallel glide. All was going extremely well. I had routed the groove that the deadman needs in the bottom of the top of the bench. As you can see, I even had a knot explode on me.
and then proceeded to layout and drill the holes that are used to keep the leg vise from racking. CATASTROPHE!!!
Flair Woodworks and Time Warp Tools thought I could simply do another, thicker glide and plane off the offending tear out. My Hand Tool School teacher, Shannon Rogers, explained the forces that the glide encounters doing it's job and suggested that maybe Fir was a bit too soft to handle the situation. My first reaction was to follow Chris' suggestion to go thicker and stay with the Fir. A little background might help here. I'm a bit obsessive compulsive in certain things of my life. I really wanted to build the entire bench out of Fir. If I was to introduce a contrasting wood, I would have done the end cap of the wagon vise in that wood. I envisioned me sawing apart the end cap from the bench, which is now glued in place, simply to appease a compulsion that would gnaw at me endlessly until I succumbed to the somewhat psychotic demand. Ultimately, I am choosing to move forward with the glide being made from some Osage Orange I have on hand, which over time will fade, but is fairly close in color to the old growth Fir I've used on the rest of the bench.
While I had the part dimensioned and the mortise fit, I laid out the cuts I need to make on the leg.
I will wait to do those until I have the new part, just in case the dimensions change a bit. Only time will tell if I have to start tearing things apart to make them either match or properly contrast. YES, I'm weird, but I'm OK with that.
Episode 315 – Out of the Clamps
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