Found! Quarter Sawn Maple – The La Forge Royale Miter Jack Project

I’ve been lame, lame, lame about posting lately.  There’s been much going on including our very stalled kitchen project.  But I have a ton to blog about so more frequent posting going forward.

In the meantime, I thought I’d do a quick debrief on our trip to the Port Townsend Edensaw Lumber yard a couple of weekends ago.  Five of us went: Anne Briggs (, Ananda Dorje @a_dorje, Mike Lingenfelter (@mike.lingenfelter) and Glen Thompson ( Frankly, I’m a pig in mud when it comes to lumber yards in Seattle.  We have several really nice lumber yards and wood suppliers.  

But when I really want something special, I journey over to Port Townsend to Edensaw.  These guys cater to the boat building crowd so they have some special stuff.  For example, I was looking for some quarter sawn maple to make my miter jack and sure enough they had a nice 5″, 8′ long stick.

I also wanted a wide piece of maple for my leg vice chop upgrade to a Benchcrafted Crisscross.  They had a really nice 12″ 12/4 piece that I also took home.

Can’t wait to get to these projects as well as several others I have stacked up.

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Flattening the bench

Note:  If you been directed here from another site looking for plans, I’m sorry.  There are are a lot of individuals out there representing other people’s work as theirs.  I’m not able to prevent this prevent this type of misrepresentation of my work.  Again I’m sorry.  Please don’t encourage by buying something from them.

I noticed while I was putting together my six board chest that it was wobbling on the bench. Uh oh .. need to flatten.

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Unbeknownst to me, some one else was also flattening his French Robou Oak Bench yesterday.


Now my bench isn’t made of incredibly old oak cut from monster slabs. It’s a bunch of Douglas fir 2×4 laminated together and it’s pretty nice stuff. I haven’t had the problems with fir that Joe has had with his bench and fir and, based on his experience, I’m glad I got the nicer stuff. Anyway, I really like my bench even though its only got a 3 1/2″ top. But I have to admit, I wish I was going to WIA so I could see the FORB landing. 😀

Doh! Shop Space epiphany!


I was watching Richard The English Woodworker making a cup board and I noticed the nook that he was working in.  I was thinking that I had put my work bench against the wall and it didn’t work partly because I was also in a nook.  Then I realized .. “Hey!  he has his back to the wall instead of the work bench against the wall.  That would work.  And all my tools would be in easy reach then! DOH!”

The new set up and so far .. I love it.  And look at all the room in front of the bench where I can set my project.

Handworks 2013

So I made it back from Amana, IA last night.  I got through the trip mostly unscathed although my tool fund is now officially empty.  I know a lot of folks wanted to go and couldn’t for many reasons.  So I thought I’d share my photos to give you an idea of what went on.  

Below are a couple of photo galleries of the town, the event and, of course, peeks of the Studley tool box presentation with short captions. That’s me just off Narayan Nayar’s right shoulder.


Update: Roubo, Studley & Handworks

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Flattening the workbench top

I wanted to talk a little bit about my workbench flattening and why I did it.

So the why first.  I built this top about a year and haven’t done THAT many projects on it so that it would need to be flattened again.  But there were two other reasons to re-flatten at this time.

  1. I’m better at using my handplanes now and could get a flatter top AND
  2. I’d put a poly wipe on finish on the top and, in certain, areas black spots that look like wood mold had started to show up (see picture below).

Here’s the now I’m better at planing part.  My workbench is about 7 1/2′ long and 26″ across which is a bit further than I can comfortably reach with my plane.  As a result, I think, I ended up with a high spot in the middle.  I was planing from both sides and I wasn’t apparently keeping my weight over the plane.  So, you can see the hump in the middle that resulted after my first couple of passes across the work bench.

Initial planing reveals the hump.

And here it is all flattened.

And finally,  the top with with its new coat of boiled linseed oil.