Posts made in August, 2014

Compounding Errors and A Benchmaker’s Tale of Woe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

My first mistake was working while I was sick. I’ve had a succession of three summer colds with no more than two or three healthy days between them. When I have a cold my ability to plan for the future drops to almost nothing. This is not a good frame of mind to work in when you’re designing a bench in a style you’ve never built before (Split-Top Roubo), for an imaginary customer (this is a spec bench), incorporating hardware you’ve never used before (damn you barrel bolts!). When I build a custom bench I ask my customer all sorts of questions about how the bench will...

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