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« Reply #50 on: Sat, 25 March 2017, 03:10:12 »
Totally a potato when it comes to woodworking, but what type of finish will these be? Matte or gloss?

matte.  The form is supposed to be closed, but I'll do it tomorrow, so order now if you want it.
I'm cool with matte, thanks!

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« Reply #51 on: Sat, 25 March 2017, 11:55:14 »
You can't tell litster by his wood species preference?  Come on!

yeah, I should have known ;)

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« Reply #52 on: Sun, 26 March 2017, 13:10:58 »
I'm cool with matte, thanks!

Almost matte (technically "Satin"), so it still has some sheen without being a fingerprint magnet.

Dang, sorry about the email.  I glossed right over it.

No worries!

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« Reply #53 on: Sun, 26 March 2017, 14:17:23 »
Just an update:

Due to how PayPal holds payments over $2000 a month for me, the invoicing will begin on April 1st.  This will allow me to pay $2000 upfront to bendrexl to begin manufacturing.  I have already gotten past my allowance for March, luckily it's only a six day wait. 

This will actually save the GB two weeks time.  Again, shipping will be billed at a later time.

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« Reply #54 on: Tue, 28 March 2017, 23:48:05 »
Hey all - chatted with alienman earlier, and I'll be sending out invoices for the GB shortly so we can get materials ordered this week.

Again, shipping will be invoiced a bit later once we have final weights & sizes for the packaging - thanks!

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« Reply #55 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 18:24:09 »
All invoices are out - check the item detail on yours and make sure I've got you down for exactly what you ordered. My invoice totals and the order totals all matched up exactly, so I'm pretty confident I got it all in there, but let me know before paying if there's any problem with your invoice.

TLDR; if you ordered a wrist rest, you should now have an invoice waiting for you :thumb:

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« Reply #56 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 19:36:47 »
Paid! To double check - "Wenge + Zebrawood" on my invoice means Wenge + Zebrawood inlay right?

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« Reply #57 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 20:17:21 »
Paid! To double check - "Wenge + Zebrawood" on my invoice means Wenge + Zebrawood inlay right?

Correct: Primary + Secondary/Inlay

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« Reply #58 on: Sun, 02 April 2017, 12:34:41 »
So it begins!



Thanks to everyone who's already paid, we've got all the wood ordered. The red oak was in stock and arrived at the shop Friday. The exotics should arrive in the next two weeks.
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« Reply #59 on: Wed, 05 April 2017, 12:43:43 »
Invoicing update: All but 6 have been paid, with 3 days left until the April 8 cutoff. If you haven't seen your invoice and should have one, please check your email and/or let me know ASAP!

All materials have been ordered and production has begun - here's an older shot showing the CNC roughing step on a Padauk blank and lots of Walnut carnage chips surrounding the area:
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« Reply #60 on: Thu, 06 April 2017, 12:29:01 »
Lookin good!
Awesome too see some WIP pics Ben! =)
Keep us updated <3

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« Reply #61 on: Thu, 06 April 2017, 13:02:28 »
payday is friday, this is still the no flake zone

e. all paid up! looking forward to using these at work. that will be the classiest setup in the office  :p
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« Reply #62 on: Sat, 08 April 2017, 15:56:34 »
Update: Still 3 invoices outstanding. :eek:  If this is you, please get on it!

If we don't get confirmation, you run the risk of missing out completely (and probably won't get the bulk pricing discount, if I can squeeze your order in).

payday is friday, this is still the no flake zone

e. all paid up! looking forward to using these at work. that will be the classiest setup in the office  :p

Got it, thanks! And it would have to be - I just don't see how you can top the VE.A for classiness, especially with a nice rest :D

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« Reply #63 on: Tue, 11 April 2017, 16:22:44 »
Update: Still 3 invoices outstanding. :eek:  If this is you, please get on it!

Well, those 3 remained unpaid (4 sets) - which is a bummer since I had split my pre-production costs across all orders. Those are costs that will have to come out of future sales, but it's not the end of the world. We won't name any names, but please stick by your commitment if you order these small-scale group buys with shared costs - it hurts if you back out after invoices are set and sent out.

Sneak peek at an "ebonized oak" set in progress - first finishing pass, these will be nearly black when finished:

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« Reply #64 on: Tue, 11 April 2017, 16:44:04 »
Update: Still 3 invoices outstanding. :eek:  If this is you, please get on it!

Well, those 3 remained unpaid (4 sets) - which is a bummer since I had split my pre-production costs across all orders. Those are costs that will have to come out of future sales, but it's not the end of the world. We won't name any names, but please stick by your commitment if you for these small scale group buys with shared costs - it hurts if you back out after invoices are set and sent out.

Sneak peek at an "ebonized oak" set in progress - first finishing pass, these will be nearly black when finished:

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Sucks to hear that.

I am generally not a fan of oak's grain pattern but damn, you really seem to know what you are doing :cool:
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« Reply #65 on: Tue, 11 April 2017, 18:26:51 »
Sneak peek at an "ebonized oak" set in progress - first finishing pass, these will be nearly black when finished:

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Looking good!  I ordered ebonized oak  ;D

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« Reply #66 on: Tue, 11 April 2017, 18:35:45 »
I am generally not a fan of oak's grain pattern but damn, you really seem to know what you are doing :cool:

Thanks! With this project, every surface gets machined, so I can't really know what I'm getting until it's 90% complete. There's some guessing and imagination involved in selecting and lining up pieces since I don't have xray vision ;)

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« Reply #67 on: Wed, 12 April 2017, 13:52:11 »
Materials update: Wenge and Zebrawood orders arrived at the shop from Seattle.

One of the Wenge planks was really, really light in color, I'm going to try to exchange that one - it's just not what you expect when you think "Wenge".

The other has a massive crack across right in the middle but otherwise looks nice. I may be able to work around the cracked area without wasting too much.

Thankfully, the Zebrawood plank they sent is just beautiful!  :cool:

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« Reply #68 on: Wed, 12 April 2017, 13:54:33 »
Materials update: Wenge and Zebrawood orders arrived at the shop from Seattle.

One of the Wenge planks was really, really light in color, I'm going to try to exchange that one - it's just not what you expect when you think "Wenge".

The other has a massive crack across right in the middle but otherwise looks nice. I may be able to work around the cracked area without wasting too much.

Thankfully, the Zebrawood plank they sent is just beautiful!  :cool:



yessss, i believe I was the only full zebrawood, so happy to hear!  :-*

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« Reply #69 on: Fri, 21 April 2017, 00:09:43 »
Production gallery update:
https://imgur.com/gallery/iZ5Sl

Spoiler: Wenge + Padauk is a cool combo, everyone in the shop commented/drooled over the sized blanks I was working on today, photo in the gallery.

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« Reply #70 on: Fri, 21 April 2017, 11:46:07 »
Mmmmhh...
That Walnut + maple,
My body is ready. <3

Keep the updates coming ben, appreciate the smexy wip shots =D

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« Reply #71 on: Sat, 22 April 2017, 01:21:33 »
lookin B-E-A-utiful, ben. cannot wait to get my hands on them. think they will be done by june?

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« Reply #72 on: Sat, 22 April 2017, 11:53:15 »
Production gallery update:
https://imgur.com/gallery/iZ5Sl

Spoiler: Wenge + Padauk is a cool combo, everyone in the shop commented/drooled over the sized blanks I was working on today, photo in the gallery.

Great photos.  I wish more group buys did this.

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« Reply #73 on: Mon, 24 April 2017, 09:34:24 »
Any chance to get in on one of those unpaid orders?
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« Reply #74 on: Mon, 24 April 2017, 12:33:39 »
Keep the updates coming ben, appreciate the smexy wip shots =D
Great photos.  I wish more group buys did this.
lookin B-E-A-utiful, ben. cannot wait to get my hands on them. think they will be done by june?

Thanks all! And yes (barring any incredibly unfortunate series of events), I will have all orders finished and packed for shipping by June 1.

I say "packed", since the actual shipping requires another round of (much smaller) invoices and forms for international orders, etc, but we'll try to get all that done in parallel with the production so there's no delay between "ready" and "shipped".



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« Reply #75 on: Thu, 04 May 2017, 15:35:34 »
Boring status update: I re-worked my machine fixture & mounting-hole-drilling jigs to be more precise for aligning the stock for the styles involving inlays. The new jig uses the bottom edge of the rest as its origin for locating the holes, instead of the inside edge as before. This ensures that the inlay is consistently positioned and angled relative to the fixture, which the CNC uses as its origin reference. Totally boring, but will speed up production now that I'm really getting into the multi-wood styles.


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« Reply #76 on: Thu, 04 May 2017, 15:38:13 »
In other news, I got the replacement Wenge board - it is dark & beautiful. Almost 12" in width (I ordered 7.5" min), it's so heavy it takes two guys to move it. I'll grab a photo once it's up on the cutting table.

Looking good for the 100% wenge rests!

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« Reply #77 on: Thu, 04 May 2017, 19:21:11 »
In other news, I got the replacement Wenge board - it is dark & beautiful. Almost 12" in width (I ordered 7.5" min), it's so heavy it takes two guys to move it. I'll grab a photo once it's up on the cutting table.

Looking good for the 100% wenge rests!
Best news I've heard all day.

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« Reply #78 on: Thu, 25 May 2017, 13:37:13 »
any new updates on these?

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« Reply #79 on: Thu, 25 May 2017, 20:28:58 »
any new updates on these?

OMW to the shop now, I'll get an update together for Saturday at the latest with shiny photos.

Quick version: making progress here with the usual minor problems being worked around.  completion of all orders will probably slip to the second week of June but I'll try to get orders in the mail as they're ready. Expect more Saturday!

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« Reply #80 on: Thu, 25 May 2017, 20:37:06 »
any new updates on these?

OMW to the shop now, I'll get an update together for Saturday at the latest with shiny photos.

Quick version: making progress here with the usual minor problems being worked around.  completion of all orders will probably slip to the second week of June but I'll try to get orders in the mail as they're ready. Expect more Saturday!

Awesome, thank you!

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« Reply #81 on: Sun, 28 May 2017, 17:22:12 »
At the shop waiting for glue to set, figured I'd do a photodump to keep you guys from getting (too) worried ;)

http://imgur.com/a/zIKih



(I know I promised shiny photos; I'll get some of the finished article up tomorrow)
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« Reply #82 on: Mon, 29 May 2017, 20:47:56 »
More great photos...  HNNNNNG!  So good.

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« Reply #83 on: Thu, 01 June 2017, 11:44:21 »
Zebra + Wenge all joinered/planered/squarered and ready for glue up


The ends of this section all split *after* I had everything joined, planed and ready for glue up.  :'( 
(which is scary because it looked perfect when I rough cut it a couple days ago, you can't trust natural wood to stay still)

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« Reply #84 on: Tue, 13 June 2017, 14:57:42 »
Only 3 left to cut and machine! I was putting this off until I could say they were all done, but it's time for an update - thanks for your patience!


I'm about 50% through the finishing process on the others. I plan to have ~90% of orders shipped by the 21st, but there may be a few stragglers depending on final inspection and shipping details/invoices.


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« Reply #85 on: Tue, 13 June 2017, 15:40:38 »
Awesome news Ben, can't wait!

Don't forget to keep mine raw & unfinished tho pls ;)

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« Reply #86 on: Tue, 13 June 2017, 17:46:41 »
I have one of these ordered and no VE.A in sight.

Anyone else want a Ebonized Oak set that wasn't able to get in on the GB?

Might hold onto it for other split boards, or if I ever buy a VE.A =)

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« Reply #87 on: Mon, 19 June 2017, 14:09:29 »
Production update

Zebrawood, Walnut, and Oak styles are all machined, hand-shaped, and sanded - I'm applying the finish coatings on those whenever my hands start to cramp up and need a break from the Wenge styles...

Wenge is hard. It likes to split, gives you splinters if you even look at it wrong, and it is literally just plain hard. Hand-shaping all edges, securing small splits, and cleaning up corners has taken up many nights the last week, and I still have two more full nights of sanding at this rate. (and two more Wenge+Padauk units to glue & machine, had to chase down some more wood without buying an entire board)

I have non-negotiable break for a trip to California for a wedding the 22nd-30th, but I'm busting my butt to get as many ready-to-ship before then (the finish has to be completely cured before I pack them up, so we'll see). The second wave (all remaining orders) will be out the door by July 10.

To be realistic there's still details around shipping I haven't set in stone yet, so worst case the "second wave" is actually all the orders. Thanks for your patience everyone!

Might hold onto it for other split boards, or if I ever buy a VE.A =)

Bummer... if it makes you feel any better, I haven't found one I can afford either! These have a big enough platform to fit many other split boards though; even an ergodox if you don't mind it looking goofy :D

Don't forget to keep mine raw & unfinished tho pls ;)

You got it, and I'll put a couple test scraps in the box also. I'm happy to put a single coat of wax-free shellac just as a sealer if you want also.

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« Reply #88 on: Mon, 03 July 2017, 00:50:11 »
bendrexl, any update? 

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« Reply #89 on: Sat, 08 July 2017, 00:54:31 »
looking forward to getting a shipping notice on monday!

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« Reply #90 on: Sat, 08 July 2017, 09:43:50 »
sorry if I missed it on my thread read-through but if there are any extras I'll gladly buy. Loving my ve.a, not loving the acrylic stand aesthetic.

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« Reply #91 on: Sat, 08 July 2017, 10:11:53 »
sorry if I missed it on my thread read-through but if there are any extras I'll gladly buy. Loving my ve.a, not loving the acrylic stand aesthetic.

Hey man great to meet you at Key Con!  I'll see about Ben making a set for you!

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« Reply #92 on: Sat, 08 July 2017, 10:27:37 »
sorry if I missed it on my thread read-through but if there are any extras I'll gladly buy. Loving my ve.a, not loving the acrylic stand aesthetic.

Hey man great to meet you at Key Con!  I'll see about Ben making a set for you!

You too man! That 5000 is the reason I had to buy a VE.A in the first place. So nice.

That'd be great, no big deal if not but I figured I'd ask.

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« Reply #93 on: Sun, 09 July 2017, 17:27:15 »
You too man! That 5000 is the reason I had to buy a VE.A in the first place. So nice.

That'd be great, no big deal if not but I figured I'd ask.

Anyone else want a Ebonized Oak set that wasn't able to get in on the GB?

Have any interest in my set? =)

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« Reply #94 on: Sun, 09 July 2017, 17:36:29 »
You too man! That 5000 is the reason I had to buy a VE.A in the first place. So nice.

That'd be great, no big deal if not but I figured I'd ask.

Anyone else want a Ebonized Oak set that wasn't able to get in on the GB?

Have any interest in my set? =)
Ah, I appreciate it but I think that ebonized oak is the only color I'm not really excited about. Sorry.

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« Reply #95 on: Tue, 11 July 2017, 12:09:51 »
Production update

...

I have non-negotiable break for a trip to California for a wedding the 22nd-30th, but I'm busting my butt to get as many ready-to-ship before then (the finish has to be completely cured before I pack them up, so we'll see). The second wave (all remaining orders) will be out the door by July 10.

To be realistic there's still details around shipping I haven't set in stone yet, so worst case the "second wave" is actually all the orders. Thanks for your patience everyone!


hey bendrexyl, just a ping for an update. hope we are close! thanks for all your hard work. can;t wait for this beauty

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« Reply #96 on: Fri, 14 July 2017, 15:31:02 »
Hey all - still alive, still in progress. Family life gets complicated and work crunch/catch-up from the trip away have made it difficult.

Lately I've been having trouble with the finish getting runs/drips on the vertical edges, which have made for a lot of frustrating extra time spent sanding and refinishing. Not sure if it's the warm weather, extra humidity, or what, but I'm still trying to figure it the best process to work around this without adding several finish>wait>sand>repeat cycles... really tedious.

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« Reply #97 on: Sat, 15 July 2017, 01:18:20 »
thanks for the update, bendrexl. I'm still hoping to show these off at Seattle next weekend!

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« Reply #98 on: Wed, 26 July 2017, 18:52:31 »
 :cool: :rolleyes: :-X ;D

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« Reply #99 on: Sun, 30 July 2017, 14:38:05 »
ok, so it's been a couple more weeks... what's up?