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the broken carpenter #6: To the Work Bench!

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Blog entry by SquintyPolock posted 12-16-2019 08:44 PM 461 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchased these 2×6s in February 2017. One could say I’ve been distracted from this project, since then or one could say I’ve had other obligations, since then. But, I am getting to it now and the lumber has certainly acclimated to my shop. I bought about 50 boards and found 35 of them stayed straight while sitting in the shop. You can see the pile behind my chop saw, in my last post.

So, here’s the plan. I’m a lefty, so I decided to move the vices around, as noted at the bottom:

I’m currently planning a 34” total height, but may adjust as I go. I’ve been experimenting with different heights on saw horses.

So, I picked my 31 best boards, cut them to length + a little extra, and ran them all through the table saw to knock off the top 1/4” having the chamfer. This also got rid of some ugly spots here and there.

Then, the moment of truth, glue up:

Lot’s a spillage. I have to admit, I’m out of my depth here and learning as I go. I didn’t really know how I was going to deal with all this glue, until I took a plane to it. Some elbow grease and sweat lead to this:

This is my first time using a hand plane. My noodle arms are soar, but a completely satisfying tool to use. I love the feel and sounds and smells. Power tools have always produced a dust that smells like corn flakes (at least, to me.) The plane produced wood shavings that smell like the forest. Amazing! I’m hooked on hand tools and am looking forward to my new journeys in wood working.

Thanks for giving this a read. It’s all in a days work. SP

-- It's all in a day's work...



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 12-17-2019 05:40 AM

Wow, great progress! And no better time to figure out planes than now! Looking forward to the next installment!

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

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#2 posted 12-17-2019 09:34 AM

Good work. The same process I used for my bench. It was tiring, but worth the effort.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 03:09 PM

Updates?

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

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