My First WorkBench Build #6: Getting the legs prepped

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Blog entry by BerBer5985 posted 02-18-2012 03:15 PM 9791 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a couple hours last night in the garage to prep one of the legs by hand. I wanted to see if I could do it all by hand and practice squaring up lumber using hand planes. Went fairly smooth. A lot of work, but not too bad. I do seem to have a problem that when using the jack plane with a an 8” radius cambered blade that I tend to get chip out bad on the back side. It happened on the workbench too. Are you supposed to work your way to the middle coming in from both sides or just go right across the grain all the way across. Maybe I’m taking too deep of a cut. Getting a little overzealous perhaps. Most was cleaned up in the process on the legs because they are a softer pine than the top, but the top has some chip out on the very corners which is too deep to completely fix, but it’s a workbench so I don’t really care too much. I was only able to finish one last night and cut it to length. The others I may cheat and run them through the jointer and planer just for sake of time. I’d like to have a workbench this century. haha

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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