Workbench Build #20: 7 Years Later - Flattening the Bench

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 07-26-2019 11:21 PM 2293 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This post is way overdo…...7 years since the last post.

The bench has settled into it’s work space and has provided well, but I never did achieve real flatness… hand planing skills coupled with alternating grain and extreme Janka hardness of the Jatoba vs. Hard Maple equals less than perfect bench…...

My last 2 paying jobs have both produced a source of free 80/20 style aluminum extrusion so figured out a way to make a set of co-planer rails to run the router down…..Why did I wait so long??

This shot shows the transition:

It was messy but well worth the effort… flatness:

Had to deal with the front vice chops separately, but all good in the end:

Mixed up a new batch of workbench finish:

Still requires a butt load of sanding…...

Like I said, waited way too long for this project, but SO nice to have it done…...have some (Matt Cremona) slab flattening photos to follow….stay tuned….

And a shout out to SuperDave (and Betty) who helped me through this build!

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 07-26-2019 11:34 PM

Very nice setup.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 07-26-2019 11:49 PM

Thanks Chris…...what have you been up to?

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 07-27-2019 11:41 AM

Wow Jeff, just 7 years??? I’m gonna hafta step up my game…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 07-27-2019 12:02 PM

Looks great.
You got that bottle from Marty, didn’t you???

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 07-27-2019 03:39 PM

Jeff, the bench top bears witness to your cutting board skills and heritage… is beautiful, and now FLAT!
Color me jealous.

-- jbschutz

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#6 posted 07-27-2019 05:19 PM

Hey Marty – that’s right…..step it up slacker! Waiting to see your new sawmill…...hows that coming along?

Gary – don’t think Marty’s bottle have labels ?!

John – good to hear from you…...

Thanks friends….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 07-27-2019 05:25 PM

Looks real nice Jeff.

I did this to my bench oh so many yeas ago. My hand planing skills are very lacking.

Take care buddy,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 07-27-2019 08:48 PM

Yep, should have done mine many years ago Steve! Thanks!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 07-28-2019 02:41 AM

7 year project and still not finished? Sounds about right to me, Jeff! Great looking bench!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 07-28-2019 08:41 PM

That’s it Candy! Thanks for stopping by…......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 07-29-2019 02:35 PM

Dang, Jeff!
With a bench that purty, you won’t want to do anything on it for fear of scratching it!

Nice job, by the way. Makes me realize this should be on my list of these to make.
All my benches and tables are junk slapped together to make do – nothing quite so fancy

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#12 posted 07-29-2019 08:41 PM

Thanks DS…’s a bunch of work, but you won’t regret it…..go for it!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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