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If you’ve been trying to reach me during the last few weeks, I apologize. The answers to your questions are:

1. Almost any species of wood will do fine for your workbench.

2. There is no quality difference between Veritas and Lie-Nielsen handplanes.

3. Eagle, and sometimes plov.

When I stop answering my phone and e-mail, it’s amazing how much more woodworking gets done. Today I finished all the mortises and tenons for the base, fit the short stretchers and trued up the shoulders. As luck would have it, two of the four joints went together right from the the saw. The other two required a tad more plov.

– Christopher Schwarz

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  • mzw

    ah, I too have a chisel talisman…it’s a swan best cast steel; it’s the last tool in my collection (however meager!) that I’d part with…not even before the ward and payne laminated pig sticker!

  • Aluminum Extrusions

    Looking great… can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished. Keep up the great work, hope the distractions are minimum.

  • Dan


    Very nice looking bench. I’m enjoying watching it come together. Did I read that you purchased the wood for this work bench at Home Depot? What were the original rough dimensions of the stock?


  • Christopher Schwarz

    It’s tougher than it looks. Stringy, too.

  • Swanz

    Good thing you making them legs thick considering that wood looks kindah soft.

  • Mark Maleski

    Yes, I was definitely joking about the switch of blade manufacturers. Both companies have such consistently good blades that it’s a non-factor (at least for me) when deciding between them.

  • Christopher Schwarz

    I did say “almost.”
    I guess Veritas planes now stink? Hope you are joking.
    Favorite food: Eagle-fried plov!

  • Mark Maleski

    1. balsa?
    2. But Veritas switched blade manufacturers.
    3. …?

  • Nate Hinkle

    Oh, and I’m interested and somewhat not intereseted in the "birdhouse."

  • Nate Hinkle

    Talisman…sounds magical. If you find another Buck Bros chisel just like that, buy it for me and I’ll pay you back (including shipping)!


  • Christopher Schwarz

    Ah Nate,

    That Buck Bros. 1-1/4" socket chisel is my talisman. Before I acquired that tool I was building birdhouses. And now I build… birdhouses (more info to come).

    Everyone needs a wide chisel like this. It’s a secret weapon against all sorts of bad mojo.


  • Stuart Hough

    Drawboreded…..does that mean double-pegged?

  • Christopher Schwarz

    This is a dry-fit. The base will definitely be drawborededed. A lot.


  • Jim Marsh

    Plov is good but the saffron is to expensive. Nice job on the bench.


  • Culinary Duffer?

    OK I’ll bite… Plov?

  • Ryan M

    Why no drawbore?

  • Nate Hinkle

    I like that chisel…I’ll take it if you don’t want it.

  • Good for you. It seems that sometimes all the talk about woodworking gets in the way of the woodworking.

    I wonder if Roubo had that problem?

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