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Blog entry by Buckethead posted 07-04-2013 11:55 PM 1867 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a recent post asking if my planer was sufficient for planing some larger stock I recently acquired, I told the story of how I came to get some chunky 8” x 8’ x 8/4 hard maple.

I also mentioned that I intended to use it for my first real wood joinery project; a roubo bench.

I’ve decided to mimic many aspects of Shipwright’s bench as well as his wedge powered leg vice. I’m still on the fence whether to incorporate his wedge powered wagon vice. It’s beautiful, but some of the cuts seem outside my capacity.

I asked for advice, and got it. My planer has no infeed/out feed tables, so I was apprehensive. People suggested I’d be fine so long as I provided solid and stable supports for the timber at both the infeed and out feed sides. Ugly, but it worked like a dream:

I said it was ugly.

So plane away I did. I planed down the 8/4 maple then grabbed the ugly piece of 8/4 walnut I have. After a few passes ( I was making light passes as recommended) that ugly board was transformed:

In the background you can see why my “shop” lol, is in my driveway. The darling wife gets to park her car inside, and I have quite a few power tools and other apparatus acquired over time for various functions in the field. The “shelf” in the middle is actually a cart. It moves over to the right, along with bicycles and the lawnmower. So space is at a premium. Still working on that as I am able.

Which brings to mind; would it be a crime to put my roubo bench on casters? I will likely need to shuffle my space around for some time.

So back to the planing… I have no jointer, but I did recently purchase some hand planes from a fellow LJ. (Mark E.)

The day i got them, I played with them a bit but I must confess that initially I had poor results and I suspected it was due to my own inexperience. Once I had the faces of this stock surfaced, of course I had to have another go at hand planing.

Now I’ve seen quite a few guys post pics of their planes and shavings. It seemed just a bit silly, but now I think I understand it a bit better:

First, I started out with the #5 then moved into the #4. I don’t yet have a jointer plane but after getting the feel for these, I surely will. In fact, I even wonder if I could forgo the purchase of the powered jointer. Perhaps I am filled with hubris after experiencing the joy that comes from making shavings with a hand plane. Time will tell.

There is just something right about it.

So then it was on to honoring the founding of the United States by grilling meats outdoors. Oh… And my lovely daughter made a wonderful desert:

Sinco de Mayo… Canada Day, and Independence Day all within a few short weeks of each other. Wonderful times.

I think we need a LumberJock’s Day. Perhaps in August?

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 12:02 AM

Hand planning is like riding a bike, one you get it, it just goes.

Great looking apple pie to.

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 12:02 AM

I forgot to add this photo: the grain which will be exposed on my workbench:

I am very excited about that!

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 12:16 AM

That’s going to look great. You should post yours with the others over here

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 01:19 AM

Don’t forget to send me a photo of the leg vice as soon as it’s made.
I’m going to owe you a logo as per the offer. (if you want one)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 01:39 AM

I definitely want the logo. I was going to muster the courage to ask after I got a bit further.

I had expected to have all my stock ripped down for the top today, but the need to adjust the planer knives without more than a ruler slowed my progress. That and I haven’t settled on a length and width for the top. So apprehension set in and I played with my hand planes. It quelled the apprehension.

I did pick up some ply down at the big box manstore. I got oak ply (drops) which varied in width from 14” – 16”.

Four bucks apiece, so I got more board footage for less than the cost of a 4’ x 8’ sheet of cabinet grade or even B/C.

I have decided to use it as a substrate for the hard maple top. It will spare one of the three pieces of hard maple I have, and I have found a fondness for it. Something to hack on once the bench is complete. :-)

Thanks for the responses, guys! It’s a brutal day for me tomorrow, so I’d better hit the sack.

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