Hand tool workbench build #3: First lamination

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Blog entry by SauceMan posted 03-28-2018 06:13 AM 885 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ll keep this one brief, but I am pretty psyched—today / two days ago mark a big milestone in my build. I finally laminated some wood together. What felt like lots of crosscutting and ripping with my hand tools (and planing) finally led to this. Here you can see six layers of 8/4 hard maple laminated together. That makes about half of the workbench top for my split-top roubo style workbench.

You’ll see there’s still more hand planing to do, but I plan on doing that when I have a better idea of the final dimensions I’m going for (I may laminate one more inch onto it, still unsure about that.

The pictures represent the top and bottom of the surface. No power tools were harmed (or used) in the process of making this. I do have to say that rip cutting that wood was much more work than I expected, but now that I see this I know that I can finish this project—it’s just a matter of time.

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#1 posted 03-28-2018 12:22 PM

Congrats on the milestone.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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#2 posted 03-28-2018 12:47 PM

you’re off to the races now

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#3 posted 03-29-2018 09:09 PM

Always super stoking to start seeing the bench top coming together! nice job!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 03-30-2018 01:49 AM

Nice work sauceman. You won’t need your gym membership after you’re done with this build ;) Looking forward to seeing the final results.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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