handtool workbench #2: starting some planing

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 07-02-2013 09:05 PM 1601 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: beginning the process Part 2 of handtool workbench series Part 3: and some more planing, and choosing orientation »

Started planing down some of the boards for the top. They will be two ~12” wide sections with an ~ 6” gap/well board between. I am leaning towards having the center section removeable, flipped one way it will be level with the other 2 sections, flipped upside down it will sit lower. All ideas are still not set in stone except the 2 sections.

One problem i foresee is my lack of good clamps, wish I had the cash for a couple cabinet masters. I may go run the BigBlueBox card up a bit more and get a couple of these. Got 2 Bessey 3/4 pipe clamps, 3 maybe old Bessey 3/4( grandpas, no name but colored like one.) 2 no name 1/2 pipe clamps and 3-4 bessey/jorgensen medium duty bar clamps. I guess that would be enough, but 2-3 of the parallel clamps would be a plus, to keep everything straight.

halfway through first board, its like night and day. Took a wire brush across the board before i started planing to get rid of most grit or dirt that had accumulated over the years while in the house.

a look at the exposed grain

a closer look

a closer still

you can see where nails were/are ( pulled all i could, many broke off inside, so i used a punch and drove them at least another half inch in, no real other alternative) the cut nails were rusty and very brittle, these were tiny for the lathing for the plaster walls.

grandpa’s ww2 era stanley #5c with the nice walnut knob and tote TerryR made for me. Its doing most of the grunt work.

Wards Master #6 smoothing things out a bit more (staged picture as i didn’t take any pics while really using it)

4square, pic doesnt show very well but this be a quartersawn piece and has the pretty rays :)

the Stanley #5 seemed to be worn out a bit so i brought out my Millers Falls #14, i may just use it more since it seems t take a more aggressive cut ( with less effort oddly)though they are both tuned the same. Brought out the Stanley #8c i bought from JayT to smooth/square up the 2” sides. I didnt get any action shots but i gave the neighbors kids a few full length/width shavings to play with. Notice the 6×6’s stretched on lower section of the horses? A stopgap to keep the horses from wanting to “roll over” on me while planing.

I soaked through my shirt and started dripping nonstop streams of sweat on my boards so i called it a day. Getting ready to clean up the planes and do a quick strop job on them for the next round. I got 2.5 of at least 12 boards ready, minus some fine tuning on the glue faces.

more to come later

Thanks for checking

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 09:23 PM

That’s a lot of work, Justin, but the results sure are worth it—that’s some pretty oak. A whole benchtop of that nice, tight grain is going to be awesome. You’ll also be well practiced up on your sharpening.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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Don W

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 09:42 PM

that’s a good workout. A agree with Jayt. That’s going to be sweet.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 09:48 PM

Looks like a lot of sweat, hopefully you can avoid the blood and tears part.

Gonna be a sweet bench.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 01:20 AM

Repurposing that old oak will make your bench even more of a treasure – and the planing is great workout, too.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 01:38 AM

It is a definite workout, my right arm feels 10lbs heavier. The blood already been spilled, not on the wood though, the corners of those planed boards are razor sharp caught a knuckle on one and it’s ripped open. Grabbed some shavings rubbed it down and wrapped some electrical tape around it, it’s all good.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 03:24 PM

Ouch. Oak splinters are a MFer.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 07:41 PM

Fantastic Justin. Thanks for taking the time to get the photos and bring us along for the ride. Outstanding work man.

-- ~Tony

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