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1880s Counter #9: What's the Latest on the Top?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 02-06-2020 02:38 AM 997 reads 0 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Square Up, Trim Out Part 9 of 1880s Counter series Part 10: Top, Trim-out, and Infrastructure »

I ripped the top that was just under 24 1/2” wide to get rid of 90% of the rot problem.

The challenge then is to replace the rotten wood with good stuff. Dad offered a vintage “red pine” 2x that we dug out of inventory. Here it is after cutting it to rough length.

Let the planing begin. And it did. A lot. When it got to the right thickness (just under 1 1/2”), it headed to the bench. First, had to remove the crochet.

Then, in the vises it went.

Some edging with the No. 8 (H&H) got it in shape as well. It took a bit of work.

The S5 got some action as well. Love having that plane at the bench.

Then red pine met old growth white pine. And the match was, well….

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Yeah, I’m thinking what you’re thinking: It’s not working, it ain’t right. So I turned to the LJ community with my struggle. Scarf joints. everyone said. Piece together old and new as much as possible. The piece that was cut from the top got some attention, then.

Cut to get the most usable piece:

Get a fresh (and square) edge on one end of the main top board.

Then cut it to final length, just a hair over 93 3/4”.

And then decide the potential of two scarf joints is too much, especially when seeing the ratty edges I’d have to live with. I needed a solid alternative. And for me, the key was white pine, old growth and creamy in color. Because we’ve salvaged so much for so long w/ all the renovations Dad has done my whole life, I’ve had the opportunity to work with that wood a lot. I know it when I see it, and red pine wasn’t cutting it. Then, in Dad’s shop I spotted this board that I’ve since brought home to my shop:

I know it’s the right stuff. 6’ long, a full 2” thick, absolutely clear, white pine. So let the planing begin (again!).

Got it down to thickness, then took a single pass on the rougcut side to get a nice, smooth surface but one at the same time that wasn’t ‘factory fresh.’ And it looked good to my eye.

So, let’s do this. Cut a 45 on each, and get the pieces glued up so we’re ready to joint the two resultant boards
in the next few days!

And as a nod to using all the pieces of the ‘new’ board as well as the original cutoff piece, I milled them to be the outside edging for the top! There will be seems, but I can handle that.

Okay, so that’s a top installment. Next time, it’ll be a final piece and setting on top the counter for the first time in quite a while. Thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -



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#1 posted 02-06-2020 02:54 AM

Very cool!

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#2 posted 02-06-2020 01:54 PM

Looking forward to getting this top together, Tony. Thx for commenting!

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#3 posted 02-06-2020 03:08 PM

that’s going to be a cool piece!

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#4 posted 02-06-2020 03:11 PM

Looking good!

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#5 posted 02-06-2020 03:16 PM

Great blog, always fun to see someone save old pieces

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#6 posted 02-06-2020 04:10 PM

The white pine was “clearly” the better choice over the knotty red pine. Nice work, Smitty!

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#7 posted 02-06-2020 05:01 PM

I am so ready to get this top assembled and do some sanding, to work it all together!

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#8 posted 02-06-2020 08:22 PM

This is why a No. 8 is needed.

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#9 posted 02-06-2020 08:32 PM

Long walk there.

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#10 posted 02-06-2020 08:39 PM

Progress.

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#11 posted 02-06-2020 08:50 PM

Need a skottbenk to go with your number 8, Smitty!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 02-06-2020 10:59 PM

The No. 4 looks lost.

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#13 posted 02-06-2020 11:27 PM

Scraper getting called out – pulling all the stops to make the mashup physically seamless.

Have to deal with this.

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#14 posted 02-06-2020 11:31 PM

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#15 posted 02-06-2020 11:33 PM



Need a skottbenk to go with your number 8, Smitty!

- Dave Polaschek

I was just researching these last night. Playing around with some designs in sketchup to incorporate hand wheels instead of wedges for clamping. It made it to the short list of projects to build. Just have to figure out how to make it sturdy and allowed to be knocked down when not in use.

Smitty that No 4 did look lost and alone on that massive surface. Like maybe it bit off more than it could chew and needs some back up.

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