Another pile of pine #1: Part 2, a top is formed up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-31-2015 03:08 AM 1697 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, got the top almost flat on the “face side” the other day

Used a scrub jack plane to get things down to almost flat, other than all them scalloped areas. Got out a little bit bigger, and wider jack plane. This time, it is used like a try plane, going at the diagonals to the grain, until all them scallops are gone.

Top still wanted to bow up a bit, so I clamped that end down flat, and left it sit a while….

Well this evening, flipped the top over to work on the underside a bit. The goal is to at least get the ends flat, so a bread board edge can be fitted. But

Needed a way to get rid of glue bumps, and not use my good planes doing it..

I think that will do. I can then plane the rest of the panel.

Same as before, just wasn’t too concerned about getting the entire surface done, although a few spots needed some touch-up

With that #3 plane. Ends were now flat as I can get them, beltsanded to a straight line across. Time to make a tongue for the ends. A wards 78 seemed to work just fine

Once all four edges ( top and bottom) were done, I set aside the top for a bit….router bit, that is

Got the height set up, and set up the fence, using a Visegrip Finger clamp to hold it in place. Had some 1x pine handy, just enough to do two ends. Wasn’t enough room for both the saw and a clamp, so a screw was driven through the waste to hold the bottom still. Used a second one to keep the board from rotating on me. Had a special cordless drill for the job

Next time, I’ll use a shorter bit. Clamped the two pieces together, and planed the sawn edges to match each other. The two passes across the router table to center a groove. Then a test fit

Later used a backsaw to trim to length. Set up a 2×4 to rip leg blanks from. No tablesaw….

But since there was plenty leftover at the end, I could clamp it to the bench, circular saw to rip and cross cut, and not come close to my benchtop, or a clamp. Tried to go right down the middle, but one side turned out a wee bit thicker, maybe an 1/8”, more or less. Wasn’t about to resaw that little bit off, so

A Stanley#31 Jointer plane did some work. Had a line along the side to get to, and, if all the shavings were full width along the length of the blank, things might turn out square…BIG rolls of shavings

Even these thick, non see-through shavings, it still took a while to remove the excess. So, breadboards have a start at fitting up, four legs are squared up and ready to go. Even took a couple measurements for the apron’s sizes. Haven’t decided whether to turn the legs, or taper them ( way too many knots) or just leave them as is.

Not too bad, maybe get something more done tomorrow before the day ( night shift) job starts up…

Stay tuned, nothing has been thrown against a wall…...yet..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 03-31-2015 03:25 AM

I’m glad it is late & the news has been viewed….
As I’m all tired out…. just thinkin’ ‘bout all your productivity!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 11:12 AM

Some serious work there for an almost retired guy, good stuff Bandit !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 03-31-2015 04:59 PM

How often do you sharpen? That’s a lot of planing.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 03-31-2015 05:37 PM

Usually after each project is done. Had to sharpen the 78 this time.

Couple hours at a time, anymore. Just can’t quite go all day doing this sort of thing…

Was a time, many years ago, I could “knock out” a small project like this in a weekend in the shop…..

Retirement is about a month and a half away…then maybe I can go a wee bit longer in the shop.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 04-01-2015 12:16 AM

Keep on keeping’ on.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 04-01-2015 02:01 AM

Looking good Bandit. Gonna be a fine island for a kitchen.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 04-01-2015 02:04 AM

Oh my. A double post. Nothing more to say.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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