Dressing A Cupped Bench Top

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 03-25-2015 01:29 PM 2640 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My bench top cupped, enough that a 3mm MDF packer was needed on the tail vise to plane a short piece. This job has been on the back burner for awhile, today was the day. A storm was forecast for the afternoon, I wanted to have some polish on the bench before the storm. To get the job polish ready was probably about one hour.

The outside edges were planed with the grain at a setting of about .35mm, being careful not to plane the tail vise.

To cross plane, the setting was “vapor cut”, again keeping well clear of the tail vise.

Cross planed with a # 6 plane until flat.

Scraped cross grain once. This is a working surface I can live with.

Winding sticks.

Four coats of brushed shellac.

Here come the storm. This time of year they don’t last long. First it gets dark, then the wind and the sweet smell, then the rain pelts down for about 15 min. If you are in a tin shed you’ll want ear muffs.

15 min. later it’s all over, we have drinking water in the tanks and the vegetation has had a good drink.

This one came back as they often do. Not much rain but a lot of thunder and lightning.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 02:22 PM

Great results! What does the scraping do that the #6 is not able to accomplish?

Fun storm shots.

Thanks Bill.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 02:24 PM

Looks like new – great job!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 02:55 PM

Cheers fellas,

Tony, the scraper just smooths it out a bit and the tail vice is scraped back to come up the same color as the rest of the bench..

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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