Nicholson style workbench #4: Another carbon copy day

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Blog entry by cfrance posted 07-24-2015 11:18 PM 1826 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it finally happened today. The odds just aren’t in your favor if you rip enough boards in half. Eventually you get to one, and when you try to rip it straight in half, it has other plans. Today I had 2 boards that where nice and straight, no crown, twist or bow, and when I ripped them, whoa instant fubar board. Both boards developed about a 5/8 inch crown and about an inch bow. I almost put them with my scrap but since i planed for some movement with each cut I kept them in with the others and for the most part things worked out. It’s still 3/16” over my target width, but I still have to flatten it and make sure it doesn’t have any twist. Even if it is a bit undersized I don’t think the workbench police(family that comes over and peeks in the garage) are going to notice. So other than that today was the same as yesterday, another 3”x11” slab.

This build is going a bit slow but gives me time to plan out what I am going to do next. I don’t have a real set of plans or even a cut list to follow. I did make a sketch up drawing to help visualize but I have already changed a lot of things from that on the fly. I had an old boss that used to use napkin plans or rough hand drawings. He called it ‘Design Build’, which just meant he made it up as he went. I guess it rubbed off on me because I have done it more than just a few times.

Why wipe the glue off if you don’t have to. I prefer to let it dry and use a paint scraper. However, this can cause tear out on some softer woods but these still have to be trimmed to final dimensions. I also have a card scraper with a bevel sharpened on one side that I use like a chisel to clean drips off the bench and floor.

My make shift winding sticks are two levels and I put tape on the back one to make it easier to see.

I’m using a No. 4 plane to get it flat enough to go through the planer. Maybe one day I will be able to do it by hand but even then I doubt I will.

Time today 2 hours
Total time 9 hours
Materials used (4)2×8x8’, 12 oz. glue

-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.

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#1 posted 07-25-2015 12:56 PM

Very cool build thanks for taking the extra time to document while you build. I know shooting video or taking pictures of the process always adds considerable time to my builds.

Any particular reason why you’re using the number 4 to flatten?

-- Steve

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#2 posted 07-25-2015 01:02 PM

I got tired of planing mine after awhile. Those bench tops take all the romance out of hand planing. It looks like you are doing a good job of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-25-2015 07:42 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I am using a No.4 because I only own that size and a block plane. So I guess its a lack of options. But even without anything to compare it to I am happy with how it is working out for the amount of effort I am putting in.


-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.

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#4 posted 07-26-2015 03:26 PM

Makes sense to me. Looks like you’re definitely doing great work.

-- Steve

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