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    You can't go wrong with a #4 Iron Lie Nielsen and...

    You can't go wrong with a #4 Iron Lie Nielsen and I'm sure you would cherish it. I think the #4 is just the right size and weight for a smoother that can be used for both smaller and larger pieces. ...
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    No, running 6" up to the machine, even with a 4"...

    No, running 6" up to the machine, even with a 4" port will still be far better than running 4" line. It's not like a tap. The pressure loss with a 4" restriction builds very quickly with length but...
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    Thanks mate.

    Thanks mate.
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    Haha, well the finish is food safe so eating off...

    Haha, well the finish is food safe so eating off it would be ok. Thank you.
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    Thank you. Yes i'm starting to feel i could have...

    Thank you. Yes i'm starting to feel i could have knocked the effort down a notch with this. Absolutely agree on height hence this is quite low and yes I use waterstones.

    Cheers, Dom
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    Cut the boards for the base and went with shiplap...

    Cut the boards for the base and went with shiplap this time vs T&G. Just quicker.

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    Also cut the drawers. Decided to make two drawers vs one wider one as that will be far more ergonomic...
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    First of all - 'just a workbench' - Blasphemy!...

    First of all - 'just a workbench' - Blasphemy! Haha :laughing1: No such thing as overthinking it.

    As for the base vs top timber I don't think it matters at all. To me the top timber would be more...
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    Had a productive day yesterday. Make the pegs...

    Had a productive day yesterday. Make the pegs and wedges. Glued up the base and top. Finish planed and sanded and applied a coat of Matte Osmo.

    Here's a short video after Osmo before finishing...
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    Also, just as an aside, I recently put down some...

    Also, just as an aside, I recently put down some 15mm thick dense rubber gym matting around the workbench side of the shop. Looks better and provides some thermal insulation, a softer surface and...
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    Thanks mate. Yeah, definitely don't want to get...

    Thanks mate. Yeah, definitely don't want to get stone and steel slurry all over it!
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    Thanks Bob. Yeah I am pretty happy with how it...

    Thanks Bob. Yeah I am pretty happy with how it turned out . I documented the build in another thread. Don't be envious - build the bench of your dreams! :)
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    Sharpening Bench - Blackwood & Maple

    Started a new project this week. I recently completed my Roubo workbench and dismantled my old bench. All was well except I no longer felt good about using my sharpening pond on top of my new pride...
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    I guess with the range of options and variety of...

    I guess with the range of options and variety of opinions you either can't go wrong or 'right' is extremely dependent on individual preference and that means you won't know until you get started (of...
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    I'm no expert sawyer, but I much prefer thin...

    I'm no expert sawyer, but I much prefer thin plate saws - the thinner the better. I have a 14" Bad Axe tennon saw with a 0.018" plate 3" deep, 13ppi rip filed with a bit of fleam. Minimal set...
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    Hi Nathan, Sorry mate, just saw your post. ...

    Hi Nathan,

    Sorry mate, just saw your post. Yeah I ended up using the benchcrafted lag screws to snug the tops down to the base, it really just ensured that the tops were nice and tight down on...
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    Great job mate - don't doubt yourself you're...

    Great job mate - don't doubt yourself you're doing great. That looks like a good workout!
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    Thanks Graeme, Yeah I considered using...

    Thanks Graeme,

    Yeah I considered using Blackwood for the top as well but decided that a lighter top is more pleasant to work on for me too - not sure why.

    Haha, yeah that's a comment I've...
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    Hi Paul, Thanks a lot mate. Yeah, I haven't...

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks a lot mate. Yeah, I haven't gotten around to making the gap stop just yet but will do at some point soon.

    Cheers, Dom
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    Very, very nice. Quality machinery - that's the...

    Very, very nice. Quality machinery - that's the way to do it if you have the means!

    How big is that shop space mate? Doesn't look huge and yet there seems to be a good amount of space for all...
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    Thanks mate. Yeah, it's something I always...

    Thanks mate. Yeah, it's something I always planned to do and once I'd put the bench down on the stained, cold and hard concrete floor I made it a priority. Now it's much nicer to work at, looks...
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    I have an OF1400 and it's a great router. If you...

    I have an OF1400 and it's a great router. If you have the funds then absolutely go for it IMO. Great dust collection, microadjust is very effective and useful, good handling and plenty of power. I'd...
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    Thanks mate. Your bench is looking great too. ...

    Thanks mate. Your bench is looking great too.

    I have a list of not too exciting projects next, but will hopefully get to making a nice tool cabinet at some stage soon - which I expect will be...
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    Hi all, Happy lockdown Monday everyone ...

    Hi all,

    Happy lockdown Monday everyone

    Here's a photo just because there hasn't really been a full square-on shot.

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    Cheers,
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    Thanks a lot mate ��

    Thanks a lot mate ��
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    Someone let me know if this link works, but...

    Someone let me know if this link works, but here's a quick walk around of the bench.


    https://www.instagram.com/p/CO-Bz-VDezX/?igshid=vgfc5gty39nx

    Cheers, Dom
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    Thanks mate. I think the cast also look good,...

    Thanks mate. I think the cast also look good, and can suit some timbers / builds better. I totally get you regarding cost. I bought my hardware a few years ago when it was cheaper but it still...
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    Thanks Paul. Yeah, she's got some heft. Best...

    Thanks Paul. Yeah, she's got some heft. Best guess is 236kg plus hardware, which would have to be upwards of 25kg, so probably 260kg all up!

    Cheers, Dom
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    Well I decided that I needed something softer...

    Well I decided that I needed something softer than concrete to work on around the bench. I had just enough (literally just enough by 5cm) left over floor boards from when I did messmate floors in my...
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    Yeah it certainly is. This bench actually makes...

    Yeah it certainly is. This bench actually makes things a little better - the old bench that it replaces was 2.4 x 1.1m vs 2.27 x .7 for this one.

    Cheers, Dom
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    Doubt not - it's a mess! Here one more - ...

    Doubt not - it's a mess!

    Here one more -

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    Cheers, Dom
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    Well I finally got to the assembly stage. ...

    Well I finally got to the assembly stage.

    One Roubo Kit - some assembly required ;).

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    And the last time these two will be facing in the same direction -

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    Made the sliding deadman and routed the...

    Made the sliding deadman and routed the respective groove in the top. Next up the chop. Then i'll do some cleanup and maybe it'll be time to assemble and start finishing as well as making the...
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    Yeah thanks Graeme. I did think that I probably...

    Yeah thanks Graeme. I did think that I probably won't bother to screw them down. They are a pretty nice snug fit anyway and a full 23mm thick. Probably go that route.
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    Cut and test fit of the T&G boards. In hindsight...

    Cut and test fit of the T&G boards. In hindsight I may have to shiplap the last one.

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    Next up the deadman and chop.

    Cheers, Dom
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    Thanks a lot mate. I'll only get to make one once...

    Thanks a lot mate. I'll only get to make one once I guess. Better be happy with it.
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    I had to re cut the tenons on the short base...

    I had to re cut the tenons on the short base stretchers to make the base narrower to suit the width of the top. Following that I glued up the legs using the standard draw boring technique. I really...
  37. Ah! Funny but also very true! I can't be the only...

    Ah! Funny but also very true! I can't be the only one that's day-dreamed about making something and then when planning it in my head I realise I don't have the necessary tool for a particular...
  38. When you can no longer even justify another tool...

    When you can no longer even justify another tool purchase to yourself - let alone your wife (that ship sailed over the horizon long ago haha).

    Cheers, Dom
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    Not a heap of progress but I cut the pins on the...

    Not a heap of progress but I cut the pins on the second end cap. Quick test fit and fit is good.

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    Bad axe 13ppi 14" sash saw is perfect for this.

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    Thanks John. Had a bit of a lull in progress when...

    Thanks John. Had a bit of a lull in progress when I went back to work but hopefully can keep it on the boil and maintain steady progress.

    With that, I started on the dovetail / end cap for the...
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    Oh, here's a video of the dovetail test-fit so I...

    Oh, here's a video of the dovetail test-fit so I could locate the placement of the threaded inserts.


    https://www.instagram.com/p/CMmCT1AjE-W/?igshid=5hitievjh27i

    Cheers, Dom
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    Thanks guys. So the next step was cutting the...

    Thanks guys.

    So the next step was cutting the large rebates for the tail vise. Bit of head scratching to figure out the dimensions (hopefully works out!). Was going to drill out the bulk and...
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    Then a quick one-two with the sash saw - ...

    Then a quick one-two with the sash saw -

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    Then a not so quick three-four-five-six...fourteen.. with some chisels and the end cap pins are cut.

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    Then a quick dry fit to also...
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    Then it was time to cut the tenons for the end...

    Then it was time to cut the tenons for the end caps. Shoulder plane and chisels got a workout - even the large 1" framing chisel got a workout.

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    Then I had to figure out how to cut the...
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    Well things certainly slowed down as life got...

    Well things certainly slowed down as life got crazy once back to work!

    Some progress made on the top-

    Maple ripped and crosscut using the Festool HK85. I justified buying a 3m track which...
  46. I'm not sure what the question is. If you've...

    I'm not sure what the question is. If you've insured it for an agreed value of 15k then that's what your insurer will pay in the event of total loss. If it's someone elses fault, if you claim...
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    Ha. I am for driverless cars for those that don't...

    Ha. I am for driverless cars for those that don't like to drive and that would prefer to look at their phones. But it'll be a sad day when the enjoyment of driving a car or riding a motorbike is...
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    Top Gear's assessment of the Model 3's handling ...

    Top Gear's assessment of the Model 3's handling - "the remote, synthetic steering feels like itís come off an early Xbox rig and the brakes are mushy.

    The Performance can be coaxed into...
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    I reckon if you totalled up all of the carbon...

    I reckon if you totalled up all of the carbon emissions and environmental damage related to the manufacturing of a car (including mining and manufacturing steel - which is one of the largest sources...
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    Can I ask what the main motivation(s) for buying...

    Can I ask what the main motivation(s) for buying an electric car are?

    Is it on environmental grounds?

    Is it on an overall cost of ownership basis?

    Is it just because it's new and 'cool'?
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