Well, I have made progress on the computer issue finally. I apologize for any whining about my circumstance, but it was highly frustrating. In the end I have only lost a good portion of the last month worth of work. That's something I can deal with.
The positive side of this situation is I was so angry with the computer that I spent even more time down in the shop, working out my frustrations somewhere where everything makes sense to me. So as of this evening I could consider myself 95% done with the joinery bench. everything is together and looks good, I just have some holdfast holes to drill and a moxon style wood vise to build and I am done. The holes will come tomorrow, and maybe the lathe will get set up at the new shop tomorrow so I can turn the screws for the vise (TO get a look at the version I'm working from that Chris Schwarz built, click HERE)
I will get the holes drilled, get some finish applied, and a few vanity pics to share soon, (depends on the weather) but until then. . .
I got the Hickory wrap dovetails all finished up and applied the wrap today. Here's the glue up with the clamps on the tails.
This is the first time I've been able to use a trick I saw Rob Cosman use on the video where he cuts a through dovetail joint in three and a half minutes. After he's done with the joint he grabs a plane (looks like a 5 1/2) and shaves the joint smooth. My quick explanation here is that I have only been focused on really learning to use hand tools for the last year or so. I have always hand cut dovetail joints, but I haven't had a project call for them yet in this time, so the last time I cut dovetail joints I smoothed the joint with a belt sander. After using a #5 followed by a #4 to smooth it, I will never plug in the belt sander to clean up this joint again. I took a few before and after pics because I was so tickled with the difference.
I rounded over all the edges of the hickory and went to work dressing up a few pieces by cutting a roman ogee silhouette into the apron and the cross piece that holds the distance between the legs. I like this little touch, it gives the bench a finished look.
I really think she looks nice, Like I said some hold fast holes for the front apron and for the top, some finish, a coin I've been saving to nail underneath the bench (pick your superstition for this one, but I like the tradition) and things will be a go!!
I guess that should be all for tonight. Thanks for reading.