Slant-top writing desk #2: Long live the scrub plane. Oh, and I need a workbench. Like real bad...

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Blog entry by adamclyde posted 05-24-2013 06:58 AM 1924 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve spent the last few days flattening and thicknessing and dimensioning all the lumber for this project. It seems so simple with Norm Abrams does it. Alas, not so when I do it. I managed through it mostly. I have a few pieces that are 8 inches wide, and I only have a 6” jointer. And, of course, those wider pieces happened to have a ton of twist to it. So, I busted out the brand new 100-year-old scrub plane that my dad gave me recently (which I had just sharpened).

I was amazed at how efficient it was to take the high spots down with the plane, then follow up with my new #4 smoother. Shockingly, even though I’m a total hand tool newbie, that board was about as flat as could be when I was done.

Also, I’ve realized that I really need a workbench. In the worst of ways. Because using handtools without one totally sucks. Thankfully for my table saw top, which has been doing double duty as a face vise:

Though it’s a complete jury rigged system, it seems to work. I also found that jamming a scrap piece of wood in the miter slot makes a lovely bench dog:

Hand cutting tenons and planing boards with this system takes forever. But until I get a real workbench, at least I have my table saw top and clamps…

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 12:48 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention.

-- Joel

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 04:09 PM

Be careful with that table saw planing setup. I managed to nearly knock myself unconscious doing that once. I still have a slight scar on my forehead. Granted your clamping solution looks safer than what I was doing.

-- Brian Timmons -

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