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    Can't comment on the prices for Vic ash but...

    Can't comment on the prices for Vic ash but that's slightly more than I paid for hard maple lately. $48 for a lineal metre of 150x50 works out at about $6400 per cubic metre. I paid about $6000 per...
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    I'm kinda with Dom on this one, not entirely...

    I'm kinda with Dom on this one, not entirely surprising given that we've both just made maple top Roubos, but I wasn't set on Maple for my top and would happily have gone for Vic Ash or Tassie Oak...
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    That sharpening bench is almost too good to...

    That sharpening bench is almost too good to sharpen on mate.
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    When I saw the thread title I knew this had to be...

    When I saw the thread title I knew this had to be you Dom. Nice looking work mate, I wouldn't be sharpening on that Roubo either.
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    The dimensions of the top in total are about 81"...

    The dimensions of the top in total are about 81" (approx 2060mm) long and 24" (approx 610mm) deep. The plans called for a top 87" (approx 2210mm) long but I felt than was excessive, so no entry into...
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    Just the gap stop and some final detailing to do,...

    Just the gap stop and some final detailing to do, so onwards......
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    And there we have it, all done.
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    What a trip it's been, can't wait to use it.
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    OK, I chose maple for the top as it's nice and...

    OK, I chose maple for the top as it's nice and light coloured and my aging eyes will appreciate it as a dark coloured top tends to suck up the light (actually it just doesn't reflect as much light as...
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    Well done, all finished in one month and looks...

    Well done, all finished in one month and looks good, slick work. Today ze verk bench tomorrow........what's next?
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    The leg vise one does. There's not enough weight...

    The leg vise one does. There's not enough weight in the wagon vise wheel to do that. Give it the leg vise wheel a good flick and.....wheeeee.....in she goes. Most satisfying.
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    Things are starting to move quickly now, made the...

    Things are starting to move quickly now, made the dog block and fitted it to the front slab.....
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    Then whacking it all together....
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    Feeling mildly chuffed with myself at...
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    I built the base first actually and that's what...

    I built the base first actually and that's what I'd recommend as long as you already have a workbench to do it on. I found the base fairly easy to make as long as you work accurately and take your...
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    It's been slow going for the last couple of weeks...

    It's been slow going for the last couple of weeks due to me doing myself a wee bit of an injury, a torn gluteal muscle says the doctor, with expected six week recovery time. So I've got a bum bum (or...
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    Derek himself lives down at Donnybrook now. He...

    Derek himself lives down at Donnybrook now. He has a rather nice place there that he's moving much of his operation to, but the yard down at Naval Base is still operational and will remain so as an...
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    Some progress with the build, after much planing...

    Some progress with the build, after much planing to get it all level (apart from some minor work post fitting to the frame) and cutting the mortises in the underside of the slabs a quick test fit....
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    Google the Grizzly G0833P.

    Google the Grizzly G0833P.
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    The Carbatec has a bit more power as well, 2.5HP...

    The Carbatec has a bit more power as well, 2.5HP Vs 2. They're also sold as a Grizzly in the US.
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    That Hare and Forbes job has a crap fence and the...

    That Hare and Forbes job has a crap fence and the Sherwood needs a 15 amp plug and is almost $400 more than the Carbatec jobbie. If I were you I'd grit my teeth and/or hold my nose and head back to...
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    I think we all know it comes down to money mate....

    I think we all know it comes down to money mate. It's a good saw at a reasonable price I reckon, mine was on special for $1999 when I bought it and it craps all over the contractor job I had before...
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    I have yet to hear of a blade guard that...

    I have yet to hear of a blade guard that scavenges perfectly. Maybe a more powerful DC would help but I do just fine with my basic one. It really isn't a big hassle, at least not enough for me to...
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    The cabinet itself isn't enclosed at the bottom...

    The cabinet itself isn't enclosed at the bottom but there's a hose that runs from the shroud beneath the blade to the main dust extraction port in the cabinet so it may as well be. As I said above it...
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    I have the Carbatec one and I'm very much pleased...

    I have the Carbatec one and I'm very much pleased with it. Some others who have had this saw say they had to fart around a fair bit to get the wings leveled etc, but mine went together like a dream,...
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    Welcome to the workbench builder's club. If it...

    Welcome to the workbench builder's club. If it makes you feel any better I reckon there's $1800 worth of wood in my current build, all purchased rough sawn. I shudder to think what it may have cost...
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    I'm unashamedly a new woodworker and when I post...

    I'm unashamedly a new woodworker and when I post my builds I tend to come clean on my stuff ups.........mostly. If I detailed them all those threads would be a good deal longer. I don't feel too...
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    Yeah, look I have trouble cutting nice slices...

    Yeah, look I have trouble cutting nice slices from a loaf of bread and these dovetails are 2 1/8" long and 1 1/2" deep (sorry about the Imperial stuff, they're American plans and I've been thinking...
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    Mostly poor sawing. I probably could have rescued...

    Mostly poor sawing. I probably could have rescued the tails in the end but three quarters of the way through making those I made the call that I didn't think I had a chance of cutting the pins in the...
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    Well, I tried........but after one effort that...

    Well, I tried........but after one effort that looked like a dog's breakfast at the houndstooth dovetails (pun intended) I decided that discretion was the better part of valour and went with the...
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    I suspect you may be right and that I'm over...

    I suspect you may be right and that I'm over thinking this.
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    I actually remember your bench build and had it...

    I actually remember your bench build and had it in mind when I was suggesting a crosspiece to connect the two foot pedals. Your solution was on another level entirely though, really well done and an...
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    Today's task has been to rout out the cavity for...

    Today's task has been to rout out the cavity for the tail vise. It turned out to be pretty stress free.
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    Still some fine tuning to go but mostly there....
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    I must be nuts for...
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    Well, the general idea would be to have some sort...

    Well, the general idea would be to have some sort of crosspiece joining the two paddles that actuate the lifting mechanisms so that if you put your foot in the center of it and pushed down while at...
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    I'm considering just such a thing at the moment....

    I'm considering just such a thing at the moment. The roubo I'm building is of the take down base type but is held together with the Benchcrafted bolts and barrel nuts, nevertheless it concerns me...
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    Yeah, the maple was pricey but my aging eyes will...

    Yeah, the maple was pricey but my aging eyes will appreciate it. When I was thinking about the build the HNT Gordon vises were the other option I considered but I felt the Benchcrafted stuff was more...
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    Some progress with the build over the last couple...

    Some progress with the build over the last couple of days. I've glued the dog strip to the rest of the top section and here is one of the few areas that I've deviated from the Benchcrafted plans in...
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    Many thanks gents, after I posted the photos last...

    Many thanks gents, after I posted the photos last night I started to lean towards the first option on two counts, firstly that the second looked a little fussy, and secondly the first option with its...
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    Which side should be on top?

    Which side of this end cap piece do you forumites think should be facing upwards?

    This one?
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    I'm leaning towards the second but I'm having option anxiety so I'm...
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    SOLD: I'll take it. PM incoming.

    I'll take it. PM incoming.
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    Took heaps of time. Like I said my sawing...

    Took heaps of time. Like I said my sawing technique is pretty ordinary, so it was a case of making a few strokes, blowing the dust away to check that I was still on line, and going at it again, and...
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    Over the last few days I've been gluing up the...

    Over the last few days I've been gluing up the slabs for the top, the rear section completely and the front section minus the dog strip and the front laminate so the time has come to square off the...
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    Umm, I hate to bring this up, and I don't play a...

    Umm, I hate to bring this up, and I don't play a lot of chess these days, but the orientation of the squares in the table with the dark coloured drawer seems to be wrong. Unless my memory is failing...
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    We'll need more info than that mate. What timber?...

    We'll need more info than that mate. What timber? What finish? Nice tables by the way.
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    Yeah, when I finish my workbench build I'll have...

    Yeah, when I finish my workbench build I'll have to make a new drawer pull for this unit. It actually doesn't bug me all that much to be honest as I don't notice it all that much in the bedroom, but...
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    Pretty bloody flash mate. What to make now? After...

    Pretty bloody flash mate. What to make now? After this almost anything you build will seem trivial surely.
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    Got tired of waiting for my parallel clamps so I...

    Got tired of waiting for my parallel clamps so I cancelled the order and bought another four F-clamps from the local M10 store which I judged would suffice for the glue up. Looking good so far.........
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    If it's going to be a long wait you could...

    If it's going to be a long wait you could consider the Rikon, as far as I can tell it's the same lathe. Same specs, and I reckon it's a good chance they come out of the same factory. Just cosmetic...
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    This business in Melbourne has the Rikon...

    This business in Melbourne has the Rikon 70-220VSR for much the same price-----> Rikon Lathe 70-220VSR Midi Single Phase - JC WALSH MACHINERY & SERVICE PTY LTD

    Both of these lathes I mentioned are...
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    For that money, or close to it, I reckon you can...

    For that money, or close to it, I reckon you can do better. Might be worth giving Carrolls woodworking supplies a call and asking when they expect to have more of these in stock---> CWS Store -...
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    I had to buy a really long 1/2" straight cut bit (95mm total, 50.8mm cut) for the mortises on my current workbench build and ended up with a Carbitool bit which has been excellent.
  48. Bunnings used to stock Diablo bits which I always...

    Bunnings used to stock Diablo bits which I always found to be acceptable but they seem to have dropped them a year or so ago so I won't buy the bits they stock now either.
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    There's also this one from a business near...

    There's also this one from a business near Brisbane (unsure of where you are in QLD) that is much the same as the Sherwood and Rikon models I mentioned, but cheaper than either of them at $1099. They...
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    That Carbatec lathe only has a 1/2 HP motor,...

    That Carbatec lathe only has a 1/2 HP motor, which is pretty weedy. Even the description for it states, "the 1/2 HP induction motor has more than enough power for projects like pen turning and...
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