Completion of the bench top

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Blog entry by RobDubs posted 03-26-2017 07:26 PM 763 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After about a week of work, I have combined all three laminated groupings to produce the final top. All of the leveling was done by hand with a low angle jack plane. Any twist has been removed, and the top is mostly straight and level – there are a very few, hard to see undulations in certain areas. This is only the second project I’ve done with this amount of planing. The first time was my small coffee table. I ran a 120 grit sand paper over it at the end. I used Titebond III for the glue ups.

One of the key challenges with building the top out of the 2×4 material is finding wood that is straight to start with. Additionally, while the LA Jack does good work, the blade has a tendency to leave deep marks that will be hard to workout (I’m not putting to much effort into making it a pretty bench, it is meant for work after all).

Next up is building out the frame and aprons. I’ve decided to go with a Paul Seller’s type bench (sans the split top) instead of the Roubeaux type bench.

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 01:41 AM

Nice work and good progress!

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 10:34 AM

Lookin’ good … keep at it!

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 01:28 PM

Thanks all! Yeah, getting there. Just a few high spots on the side to get out and it’ll be close to dead flat on top.

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