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George I started making two drawers to fit into the end of my bench today. I have cut and sized the timber (pine) and cut my first dovetails on one of them. They are the first ones I have done since my weekend course with Paul. They are far from perfect but work ok and are quite tight. because the drawers are made of pine I’m not certain what sort of runners to use as I’m told Pine doesn’t run so smoothly on pine. I’m only using two drawers with a shelf attached to the bottom of the aprons to store my sharpening plates. I’ll post some pictures when I’ve built them.
Ken you have done the right thing. There are quite a few scammers out there who put up adds particularly on eBay that look genuine but when you get to the payment section you are directed somewhere else that looks like eBay but it isn’t. If your purchase was through the site I’d put a message through to them and I suspect they will already be aware of this vendor. For what it is worth try to make payments via PayPal you at least have some redress if it goes wrong.
Thanks for all the advice chaps. I’m beginning realise now how complicated wood is. I think I’ll go with the cheap option as Paul has suggested for a first attempt and the graduate onto the more expensive woods if it turns out successful.
David thanks for the photos and advice it always makes it a little easier to see what’s going on. I’ve decided to go for the 9″ quick release eclipse vice. I’ve got a really busy couple of weeks so I’ll post some photos of the process and finished product when it’s done. The next thing will be the finish, I can’t make my mind up between varnish, shellac or paint.
Thanks David your post came up just after I added my last. I’d be very interested to see how you installed your vice. Its the longevity of them I’m concerned about I don’t want to waste time and money having to constantly repair and buy parts for it.
Thanks for the replies chaps. I’ve seen how Paul puts a dog system into the vice jaw pads but I think a purpose made one would somehow be better. I’ve just watched Pauls European workbench dvd and I’m pretty sure its an eclipse vice that he installs. I can’t find any reviews on them good or bad so I think I’ll take a punt on one of them, I just hope it’s not an expensive mistake.