Hand forged ferrule and crank made by Peter Ross.
This pile of slabs...
Gets fed into this monster...
And spits out a flat and nearly finished bench top.
Some come out very pretty.
Others come out ENORMOUS, such as the one for Bo. 16' x 27" x6" thick this beast turned out to be.
What has been really fun so far is that this has been a total team effort. We all work on all of the benches together. Here we are processing all of the legs at once.
I was able to test the fit of my screw to the tapped leg too. Very nice.
As I said, about half the group had to glue up 2 pieces for their slab. So a good jointed surface was needed for glue up. Normally this is a fairly easy task. But when your material requires 3 people to move it, it is a little more tricky and requires good teamwork.
That's all I got for tonight. Tomorrow we will finish up gluing the slabs we didn't get to today and I am sure there will be some joinery started!