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New project! A baptismal font in white oak for the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem. Now the #uglyducklingbench will finally be tested! #woodworking #finewoodworking #crnj #baptismalfont #ljwfont18 #stayvirtuous

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Finally finished the workbench! I haven't had much shop time since I last posted, but I managed to glue on the top, trim it flush, and add some middle braces to prevent sagging. Finally, I installed the vise today, and I'm trying to determine whether to put a film finish on the top. It's not something I'd normally do for a workbench, but I'm thinking it would seal down the fragile chips in the OSB, and since it's temporary anyway... well, what would you do? Let me know below. #uglyducklingbench #workbench #woodworking #veritastools #stayvirtuous

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#veritastools includes this helpful note on the front of the twin screw vise instructions. PSA: maybe read through the instructions three times, because twice didn't cut it for Ol' Stupid here. I beveled the top without measuring for the cover that I *knew* would have to go on, and as a result I'm now gluing the scrap back on. #smoothmove #uglyducklingbench #reallyuglyducklingbench #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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Next step is drilling holes for the #veritastools twin screw vise into both this fresh made white oak chop and the front beam of the bench itself. For that reason, I luckily had the foresight not to glue it on yet 😇 #uglyducklingbench #woodworking #stayvirtuous @leevalleytools

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It's not quite finished yet, but it sure is a nice place to spend a chilly Saturday. #garagebuild #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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Unexpected winter storm = unexpected time off work = unexpected #workbench progress! Yay! It may not be much to look at, but you can't beat only spending the equivalent of a weekend on it #uglyducklingbench #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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We left the #workbench in the old shop for Daniel to use, and while I have plans for a beefy hardwood bench in the future, I have several commissions in the queue that won't wait for me to finish a bench of that quality. Instead, I'm using 2x4s and OSB that we have on hand to build something sturdy enough to survive a few projects until I get enough time to build something better. After an afternoon of milling, the first part parts of the leg assemblies are done #uglyducklingbench #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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Insulating the attic of the new garage shop. Daniel is up in the attic doing the hard part. You can see the #grizzlytools G0441 3HP cyclone dust collector pieces on the floor. Can't wait to get that up! #garagebuild #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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Taking a page out of Dyami Plotke's book and painting the outlet covers for the new garage shop. This way, we can tell the circuits apart at a glance. #garagebuild #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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Taking a page out of @penultimatewoodshop's book and painting the outlet covers for the new garage shop. This way, we can tell the circuits apart at a glance. #garagebuild #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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More of the trim, all done except for the corners of the walls where the OSB comes together. A very productive day! #woodworking #garagebuild #stayvirtuous

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Trimming out the windows in the new garage shop! It's not the kind of woodworking we typically do, but its a nice change of pace after the altar 😉 #woodworking #stayvirtuous

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Here's the finished altar in place at Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA. The monks were very pleased with our work, and so were we! It was an honor to be able to build such a monument to God's glory #altarbuild2017 #altar #woodworking #finewoodworking #stayvirtuous

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We ordered a custom #brandingiron from the amazing folks at Gearheart Industry and it couldn't have turned out better! The brand is on the inside of the middle section so that it will be there for posterity, but not visible when the altar is assembled and used. The final shot is everything loaded and ready for delivery--exciting and yet terrifying! #altarbuild2017 #altar #woodworking #finewoodworking #stayvirtuous

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Here are some shots with the top being glued up (the first preview of what it will look like at the end!) and each of the parts being finished #altarbuild2017 #altar #woodworking #finewoodworking #stayvirtuous

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