Around the Shop #18: A pine benchtop

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Blog entry by Don W posted 04-28-2012 08:50 PM 6408 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Self made Bench hold downs Part 18 of Around the Shop series Part 19: Display case. The request is in. »

My daughter’s boyfriend needed a benchtop to go into his mechanical shop to set on top of some cabinets. I had a couple rough sawn 2” x 18” pine plank. One was a bench in a shed and I was going to remove it anyhow, so I offered to make a top.

First move was ripping them to width on the table saw.

Then I didn’t want to run them over the jointer by myself. Even thought they are pine, they are still a bit heavy. So I grabbed the #8 and went to work.


Once the two edges fit, I glued and clamped them up and left them dry over night.

Next I grabbed the Stanley #40 scrub and evened out the uneven joint. I milled these on the chainsaw mill, so there were some spots that were 1/4”+ off.
I then grabbed the #5 jack and got the scrub marks outs.

Next came the 605. I didn’t need this to be perfect, its going to get beat pretty bad anyhow, but I wanted it fairly flat. My 605 is sharpened as a smoother, and it worked like a charm.

Next the 604 came out. It was just a little more clean up.
Then I smoothed the front edge. I hadn’t jointed that with the #8 before I glued it up. Just for a change of pace, I grabbed the #5 1/2. I wasn’t worried about the front being that straight, it just needed some smoothing out.

Then I grabbed the #2 to round over the edges. I probably could have used any one of my block planes, but I haven’t had my #2 out for a while, so I gave it a go.

I then cleaned up the corners with my round molder.

Cut it to length, gave it a quick coat of BLO and its ready to go out the door.

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

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 09:06 PM

nice, that is a seriously big piece of wood. you must have been shin deep in shavings.

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 09:19 PM

Wow that last shot is impressive, it looks massive. Great stuff.

Thanks Don.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 09:48 PM

Hurrah! for the appearance of the #2! Looks like a great workout, Don. Nice!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 10:02 PM

I need a beer after watching you do all that work. :)

The BLO really brought that wood alive.

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 10:45 PM

Don, thanks for demonstrating all those planes in action.
Impressive result and a nice useful gift for his shop.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 11:29 PM

Man that a lot of work. Bet you enjoyed every minute of it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 12:15 AM

One of the nicest things about this hobby is to make things for others….. i have some furniture and toolboxes etc
that my grandfather made and some stuff from my father as well and these things i will cherish, like your daughter boyfriend will cherish this top that you made. Now that a chunk of pine! thick wide and beautifully executed nice work don!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 03:08 AM

That looks like it was a lot of fun. The end result looks amazing. Beautiful wood! I like the variety of planes used, especially the round over plane.

We need a tour of your shop, it looks like you have a lot of great storage ideas.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 04-29-2012 07:21 AM

Now you couldn’t do that on a Workmate :-)

Great work Don. Do you have muscles on your muscles now?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Don W

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#10 posted 04-29-2012 12:57 PM

Andy, not sure about muscles on muscles, but there is that pinched nerve behind my right should blade this morning.

Mauricio, I’ll try to add a few photo’s to my shop profile.

Edit, and it was a lot of fun Mauricio. Right after finishing I got into planing some cedar helping my son build some chairs. I’d never finish planed cedar before. What a joy that was too.

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

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#11 posted 04-29-2012 02:21 PM

Don I bet the smell of pine was all in your shop. I amazes me that a board of a hundred years or better can still have that strong smell in it.
Give those planes a workout. The bedrocks are nice.
The top should serve them well.
Well blogged.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 04-29-2012 05:10 PM

That thing looks massive. Great job on the detail of your work.

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#13 posted 04-29-2012 05:54 PM

I love this, and just about to do the same myself . I bought all the parts but it’s in the list of things to do when my boys come to do it for me. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Don W

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#14 posted 04-29-2012 08:42 PM

Dave, I agree with you but this piece is not that old. It’s actually a piece out of this log. So its been dead for a few years, but only cut a couple years ago.

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

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#15 posted 04-30-2012 02:18 AM

Now being the father of two daughters and a daughter thief myself I feel qualified to comment of this project. You must be careful about doing that much work for a daughters boyfriend! The young man may get the impression you can tolerate him or even, gasp, like him. All I’m saying is be careful finding an excuse to use all those planes, someone may get the wrong idea!!!
Of course this is all tounge in cheek, great work and workout!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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