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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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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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57 minutes ago, Jim Bress said:

Good deep color.  I know you’ve talked about your varnish in another thread, but I haven’t had my morning coffee yet. What kind of varnish did you make?

Thank you Jim. The ground coat is a mix of 1:1 sandarac oil varnish and cooked colophony varnish. The other 2 coats are simply the colophony varnish.

The Sandarac oil varnish gives the ground a lot of depth - so far I like the result more than a colophony ground coat which can get a bit ,muddy‘ if used with a pore filler.

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