Michael Szyper

Michael Szyper‘s Bench

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Finally I decided to start a bench thread. I would like to begin with a few things that I like most - my selfmade bench and what I call ‚violin scrub plane‘.

With this plane I can remove large quantities of wood in a short time. The blade is 5mm thick made of laminated white paper steel. Since I made it I hardly touch any chisel or gouge.

The bench is made out of a one piece ash wood and Iron feet from an early 20 century industry table. 

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LOVE your table!

Looks like a lovely work space as well.

Edited by Rue
...I hate autocorrect...:(

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15 hours ago, Rue said:

LOVE your table!

Looks like a lively work space as well.

Thanks a lot for the nice words! BTW, the workshop was an old 4-room attic from the 40‘s, decided to make my new workshop out of it and spent almost the whole last year there to finish it ;) was a true pain.

Moving to violin making, this is the latest violin work: 

 

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Congratulations on your beautiful new workspace and bench.

I'm sure the light and feel of it will make a positive difference in your work and attitude.

That little scrub plane looks like a real gem.

I made a similar but larger and cruder version for bass work and I stopped using

gouges also.

Where did you find that thick blade ?

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2 hours ago, donbarzino said:

Congratulations on your beautiful new workspace and bench.

I'm sure the light and feel of it will make a positive difference in your work and attitude.

That little scrub plane looks like a real gem.

I made a similar but larger and cruder version for bass work and I stopped using

gouges also.

Where did you find that thick blade ?

Thank you! I took a Japanese chisel with 22 mm width and cut it off in a waterbath to avoid burning of the steel. Since I am at the limit with my 22 mm plane, i could not imagine to use a larger one for scrub work. I made also a 30 mm version but never finished it because the smaller one satisfied me completely since I can take shavings up to 2 mm by one stroke (mainly in spruce, maple a bit less). The plane was not my idea - Peter Westerlund showed it to me.  

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7 hours ago, PhilipKT said:

Do you make cellos?

I hope to do my first one next year. I am a bit afraid of these huge amounts of wood ;) 

 

1 hour ago, catnip said:

Ihre Arbeitstisch ist ausgezeichnet!  Great  workspace! Looking forward to seeing more of your work

Thank you catnip! 

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6 minutes ago, Rue said:

...I had a dream about your table...:ph34r:

pray tell...I must admit  that the entire setup is something to admire (lots of light).

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You are too nice, guys! Thank you! That is such a great reward for the last year while making the bench and building the new workshop (instead of making violins, and i could have made a lot instead of this ;) ). Here are a few more pics from my workshop...

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On 11/24/2018 at 7:56 AM, dand said:

pray tell...I must admit  that the entire setup is something to admire (lots of light).

^_^

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