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    Well there have been a few people who have doubted whether I would ever start this thread, and I was one of them, but this is the beginning. The concept (and it really is a concept) is for a split roubo style bench with three vices. A leg vice, a sliding tail vice (HNT Gordon) and a MCW (Michael Connor woodworking) woodworking style vice in aluminium to adorn the bench top.

    Timber is spotted gum for the top and a red timber for the undercarriage: Probably will be forest redgum as I have some of that lying around in suitable sizes.

    Here is the spotty still standing:

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    Spotty down and me still standing. Best that way .

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    Docked into lengths

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    Some timber appearing on the trailer:

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    Back at Millmerran:

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    There is some timber for other purposes too such as glass doors and a couple of framed, ledged and braced doors. Also there is a tapered blank for a didgeridoo for Simon you can see on the offside of the vehicle. In fact the timber only represents half of what I milled and there are still a couple of log lengths to saw. My ute was not up to carrying the lot. It amounted to about 850Kg of green spotty plus other gear I was carrying. Quite heavy enough for a 600Km trip.Quite a good yield from a single tree especially as I was primarily trying to obtain quartersawn boards.

    Later this week I will stack out the timber for air drying and later again I will be putting an improvised solar kiln over the stack for final drying. I aim to get down to 30% moisture content by air drying which may take up to six months with 50mm thick boards as we are coming into winter.

    I will be putting more detailed information on another thread in the timber milling section and will post a link for those of you who are interested in the mechanics of quartersawing.

    Incidentally, I opted for quartersawing as it produces more stable timber, but that is probably the only benefit of quartersawing. It is more difficult to cut (particularly with a bandsaw), less attractive (not an issue here), not as strong (definitely not an issue) and the yield is slightly less from the log compared to backsawn. Otherwise all good .

    Oh, there is another downside. Timber tends to bend up towards the bark as it is cut. This happens equally whether timber is quartersawn or backsawn, but with backsawn you stand a chance of flattening the board during drying. The quartersawn board bows on edge. No chance of straightening that in a 125mm board. Jointing is the only option either mechanically or by hand.

    Needless to say, more information to come.

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    Pressure is on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    Yup.

    Pressure is on.

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    Thanks Brett .

    I would have expected no less from you .

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    Paul, it's worth noting that with the new forum format there is no "old Thread" button to click, so you'll have to make at least one entry every three months to keep the thread alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    Paul, it's worth noting that with the new forum format there is no "old Thread" button to click, so you'll have to make at least one entry every three months to keep the thread alive.
    . I'll see what I can do. I was planning frequent updates.

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    Interesting one to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmiller View Post
    . I'll see what I can do. I was planning frequent updates.

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    Bushmiller,

    I'll be watching with interest. I've just begun my all Aussie Bench Build.
    Northern NSW recycled hardwood joists with house stump legs from Woolgoolga, to be adorned with MCW face vice and HNT Gordon tail vice. Busy in the shed dressing down some lovely old growth euc ( flooded gum perhaps) legs by hand. I think it'll be about 0.2m3 of timber when done. ( 2.6m by 0.6m or so for the top). As I'm dressing by hand and your milling from scratch I think I might be done round the same time as you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elver View Post
    Bushmiller,

    I'll be watching with interest. I've just begun my all Aussie Bench Build.
    Northern NSW recycled hardwood joists with house stump legs from Woolgoolga, to be adorned with MCW face vice and HNT Gordon tail vice. Busy in the shed dressing down some lovely old growth euc ( flooded gum perhaps) legs by hand. I think it'll be about 0.2m3 of timber when done. ( 2.6m by 0.6m or so for the top). As I'm dressing by hand and your milling from scratch I think I might be done round the same time as you...

    Elver

    I think recycled timber is probably the best option of all. I will look forward to seeing results. One year on...two...?

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    For those of you that are interested, this is a link to the more detailed milling side. Still a bit to go there too as I didn't get to the quartersawing side of things as I was thrown off the computer . I knew it was a mistake marrying a weightlifter .

    https://www.woodworkforums.com/f132/b...ed-gum-170760/

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    Apologies for this comment, Paul...

    BUT if it's going to take at least 6mths for the freshly saw timber to dry before any bench building action is going to really happen; isn't it like watching paint dry in the mean time...
    Watching a stack/pile of timber air drying may even be a worse deal.....

    Cheers, crowie

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    Quote Originally Posted by crowie View Post
    Apologies for this comment, Paul...

    BUT if it's going to take at least 6mths for the freshly saw timber to dry before any bench building action is going to really happen; isn't it like watching paint dry in the mean time...
    Watching a stack/pile of timber air drying may even be a worse deal.....

    Cheers, crowie
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    I just knew I was going to have to endure this type of comment. You didn't sit too close to Brett at the GTG2 did you. I thought you seemed a really good bloke, but obviously some of Brett's DNA has rubbed off .

    It will be a while, but that is no matter as during the drying time I will be building the new shed to house the bench!

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    As I started the post - APOLOGIES Paul....

    It was too much of a temptation and while I only live 30mins from Brett I was loath to pay out on a fellow Queenslander...

    I will enjoy watching the bench come together even if slowly, like many of my projects.
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