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    Hi Mike . Thanks , its nice to hear that you like it and its inspiring to you . Its worth the effort to do as much as possible as far as features go so they are there when you need them .

    The finish isn't much of an important feature in the use of the bench . Except that glue spills peel off shellac pretty easy . My main reason is I'm set up for french polishing. I have all the ingredients in place and have been doing it a long time . I know fast ways and slow traditional ways to get it done . And I believe in the long lasting ability of french polish . It ages well and can be revived very easy which means it looks better as time goes by . Just like Antique furniture.

    I was making a show piece as well . I worked in a shop on a main street that was busy and the people walking in to look at the furniture sometimes looked through the workshop out the back. The bench stopped people in their tracks and a lot of good conversations came from that . The amount of times I heard woman say how they'd love to be able to show their Dad the thing . Id never point it out . Just wait and see what came from it was the way .
    People look at your bench and your work but your best work isn't always their to be seen . It goes out the door a week after its finished . Just seeing the bench and work being done well and the finished pieces was how I built a reputation that's lasted . I moved 2.5 into the country and work keeps coming in from all around Australia three years since being in the city . The social media thing is the main reason . People see that then ask around I think . Being known then kicks in . So making a bench look its best is a good idea for those reasons . And french polish is one of the best ways IMHO. The old boys hundreds of years ago did the same with their tool boxes , built them fancy. I bet if Benjamin Seaton was around he'd still be getting orders for tables and cabinets because of that tool box .


    Linseed oil boiled or raw can be used in an Oil and Turps mix . Its a nice way of cleaning and preparing by giving a fine cut back for a re polish . Not that I do it much . The last time was for those picture I used here at the start of the thread.
    I do just give a wipe over with Oil and turps sometimes .

    Here is a view of the bench top captured while doing some cabriole legs last week. The shine is dull but still there . Dust just wipes off a surface like that so easy . The only thing that can damage my top is the sharp points in the base of the sharpening stone box . I try and use in on the work table out front of the bench.

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    Thanks very much for your detailed reply, Rob.

    Members, such as yourself, who are willing to share their wealth of knowledge and experience is what makes this forum such an invaluable resource to beginners like me. I'm never going to be able to produce anything that approaches the quality of your work but I hope to build a bench that I can be proud of and will bring me joy every time I use it. And because of you I will be finishing it with shellac + BLO:turps......probably won't be French polishing it though.



    Thanks again,
    Mike

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    as ggod as the pics are of those legs, they are not nor ever will be on my bucket list....look too much like my grandmothers and that scared me for life
    I would love to grow my own food, but I can not find bacon seeds

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    Gorgeous Bench Rob, superb build. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richie Rich View Post
    Hi auscab, First may I say a very beautiful bench indeed, I wonder what it would cost to make now given the price of timber, I am in the process of trying to source timber to build a roubo style bench at a reasonable price, at this rate it will be one board at a time.
    Cheers Richie Rich
    I'm doing the same mate for a Roubo style also. Jarrah is hands down my favourite timber (maybe have limited exposure to Aussie hardwoods) and sourced one Jarrah stockpile to be rough sawn at $60 per LM which was decreased from $80 apparently.

    So what I CAN afford is some seriously large Douglas fir 260*90*6m lengths at $200 each which is $33 a Lm. So I've decided to add a Jarrah end cap and Jarrah components on the face vice

    OP this is one of the nicest benches I have come across and love the setup on the wall. Absolutely fantastic work and is a source of inspiration for my build!

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    My Thread rises again . Nice to see . Thanks for the nice comments guys .

    Here's pictures of the tools I cut the bench threads with. German Made thread cutters.

    I have a work table in front of the bench and that has a Emmert pattern Makers Vice at one end.
    The table is Karri topped ( similar to the Jarrah) with twin dog holes matching the Emmert's twin dogs . Its very good with round tops .
    I would like to add a twin wood thread Moxon style Vice one day using more of those timber threads that I can clamp to the table top .

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    Quote Originally Posted by auscab View Post

    Here's pictures of the tools I cut the bench threads with. German Made thread cutters.
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    Rob
    Where are these German made thread cutters sold or the name of that on you have?

    I've found some hardwood a variety including 1" hardwood dowels locally and want to price the cost between a thread cutter to make my own face vice thread or the likes of the bench crafted.

    I know benchcrafteds more expensive but just wish to see the difference



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    Quote Originally Posted by delbs View Post
    Where are these German made thread cutters sold or the name of that on you have?

    I've found some hardwood a variety including 1" hardwood dowels locally and want to price the cost between a thread cutter to make my own face vice thread or the likes of the bench crafted.

    I know benchcrafteds more expensive but just wish to see the difference



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    Wood threads on a bench are the best imho.

    I got my thread cutters of an older guy who retired and he got them from someone the same way 20 years before that. They were a cheap buy compared to new ones. Roughly $300/ $350 for the two different sizes I got I think .
    There is no name on mine buy I believe they are early models of these. Their fantastic tools . Pricey things when bought new!

    Wood Thread Cutting Tool | FINE TOOLS


    There are some good Wood Thread cutting Forum threads here on forum If you want to consider making your own tools .

    Wooden threads re-visited, part 1

    Tap and dies for wood

    One I did on my tools.

    Some Thread work

    You will find more with a search probably .

    Rob

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    Oh great. Thank you for the links I'll follow these up.

    What is the diameter and tpi on your vice face vice? I have pretty much all my bench material including roubo style face vice I need. I can price up the scissor legs from benchcrafted but I'm not sure on the appropriate diameter and tpi for the vice screw.

    Thanks
    Nathan

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    61 or 62 mm ? And 2 TPI Iím pretty sure , without checking .

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    Quote Originally Posted by auscab View Post
    61 or 62 mm ? And 2 TPI Iím pretty sure , without checking .
    Haha dammit that's the most expensive tap and die available at those measurements.

    Wonder of there are many people that sell wooden threaded components for vices on here I'm only after one

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    Quote Originally Posted by delbs View Post
    Wonder of there are many people that sell wooden threaded components for vices on here I'm only after one
    Ill PM you .

    Rob

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