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  • #138227
    Chris Bunney
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    Lovely stuff! It’s looking great. I enjoyed making this project, and as you say – it was quite a test of all my skills too. A very nice home for your hand tools πŸ™‚ Congrats!

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #136614
    Chris Bunney
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    Just finished my build of your saw vice. Just need to stain and finish it with shellac. It took me a bit longer to build than anticipated, but it will be very useful my work shop. I particularly enjoyed shaping the jaws – it really finishes the design well! I attach a couple of pictures. Turns again Greg!

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #136446
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Genius! Thanks Greg.

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #136444
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Hi Thomas

    I think that adding some sort of ventilation first might be a good idea.

    I was thinking about some sort of low power extractor fan – we have one in our house (in the bathroom) that has a humidity sensor: it ticks over very slowly all the time and speeds up if the humidity level rises.

    My only concern is that by venting the air from inside, I might be drawing more potentially damp air in from outside.

    I love working with wood, but I do find its sensitivity to humidity a bit tedious sometime!

    Thanks,
    C

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #136443
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Greg,

    Did you use a spring-pin (aka roll pin) on the hinge?
    I am struggling to find one that is 4″ long at that diameter (I can only find pins that long at bigger diameter).

    Or did you just use a solid pin? I have some 4″ nails that are about the right diameter and was considering using one of those and cutting off the flat head!

    My saw vice is nearly finished. Really looking forward to using it!

    thanks again for the plans.

    C

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #136044
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Great stuff Greg – I’m definitely going to make one.
    One question though – what is the purpose of the dutchman joint?
    Is it just decorative, or does it serve some reinforcing purpose?

    Thanks for the plans!

    All the best,
    Chris

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #135949
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Thanks for the replies all.

    I don’t air condition the space at the moment (I am considering buying one though) and the only heating is a small 120W tube heater (which pretty much does nothing!)

    I think air conditioning will help, but like Matt says it is not feasible to run it all the time.

    I was hoping that dry lining would be a solution, but I dont want to spend a lot of time and money doing it if it does not solve the problem. I do store some wood in the house at the moment, but it is not really an ideal solution – especially as we have a baby on the way who will take priority on the space (and probably time too, which will make the whole problem moot!) πŸ™‚

    Oddly, I had a similar setup in my old house and I didn’t seem to suffer with humidity so much. There is no efflorescence on the walls, but I don wonder if the floor scree is allowing some damp through.

    I have a horrible feeling that I might be fighting a loosing battle!

    Oh for a nice big, dry workshop or basement like people have in the US! UK style single block garages just don’t cut the mustard!

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #130444
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Jude – thanks for reposting my original message.
    I have no idea why it did not show up. I tried editing multiple times, but to no avail!
    Must have been a bug in the system…
    C

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #130443
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Hi Jotato,

    Like you, I don’t have any power tools for stock preparation (the only power tool I have is a very old band saw).

    I recently made the sofa table project and prepared all the wood by hand from larger stock. It did take a long time though and I find it a bit tedious!

    When I first started out in woodworking, I would often find that in the process of getting a piece of wood 4-square, I would end up making it 1/32 under size in most dimensions due to my inefficiency of getting it square the first time (lots of corrections = loss of material!) Thankfully, I am a bit more skilled at 4-squaring now, but it still happens!

    I really want to make the dining room table project too, but I can imagine that preparing the stock for the table top is quite an ordeal!

    Out of interest, for those of you who do all the stock preparation by hand, what percentage of a projects time do you think you spend preparing stock? I reckon it is about a 1/4 for me….

    Cheers,
    C

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #126907
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Hi Matt (@checmical_cake),

    Thanks! Yes – cutting the other side of the T-section was tricky! I supported it on a thin piece of scrap wood that I cut to the same width as the rebate cut. I put a small screw at the end of this peice that I then butted the T-section up against so I could plane without it sliding.

    I was a bit of a delicate operation! To get the fit, I got it close then iterated between offereing it up and taking a few shavings where it was too tight. I made sure my rebate plane was super sharp as I did not want it to snag the grain and rip the T-section off!

    Chris

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #126880
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Hey Natxo! Thanks for the kind comments. I have put a few coats of shellac on and its looking good. How are things with you? Are you working on any projects at the moment?

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #126831
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Thanks all!

    I was so dissapointed when the table top origianly split. However, I think that this has turned out to be a project that I have learnt a lot from! Not only is the original project fairly complicated, the repair was a learning experience too.

    Saying that, I don’t want to make a habit of having to repair my joinery! πŸ™‚

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #126830
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Don’t be disheartened! I think we all make these kind of mistakes! At least with hand tools the outcome is usually not as serious/horific as with power tools (I am terrified of table saws!)

    I was sharpening my chisels on a wetstone a while back and did not have a cloth to hand so I was wiping the chisel on the side of my jeans. The problem is that I got the chisels very very sharp and instead of wiping it on my jeans, I managed to stick it in my leg! It cut straight through denim no problem and I watched as a big patch of blood appeared on my jeans….

    You learn from these mistakes and usually heal up just fine!

    I am sure next week will be much better! πŸ™‚

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #126815
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    I finally got round to repairing this – and I think the result is a success!

    I’ve posted the details in a new post here

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #125890
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    They look great! I agree totally with your “lessons learnt” comments too!

    Chris - Exeter, UK

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