My New Workbench #2: It's flat(ish)

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Blog entry by mramseyISU posted 06-15-2015 07:34 PM 1352 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Busy weekend but I got the ends cut off, still some work to do truing them up since I’m not an expert with a handsaw and went off line more than I would have liked.

So I’ve got some work to do squaring that up. I made some progress with my No 5 plane but I got sick of it so I moved on to working on the top. I kept the No 5 out to rough out the top and worked it in a crisscross pattern using the edge of my plane as a straight edge. When I got it to where I thought the crown was out of it I swapped the No 5 out for my No 7.

What was flat over the length of my jack plane wasn’t so flat under the jointer. Back to the crisscross and then I did some cross grain before working if over the length. That went pretty quick.

I spent a little over an hour on it and it’s not perfect but it’s close enough until I get some legs under it and give it a final flattening. At least I made a decent pile of shavings.

Now on to work on getting the bottom flat enough to start working on legs.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 03:53 PM

Hi MR, just thought I’d pop over here for a look. Been following along on the WB thread.
Have you tried finishing the ends with the circular saw cutting from both sides? Now that it is cut with the handsaw, all you would need to do is trim it a little. With a straight edge clamped on marks, shouldn’t be too hard.

Did you use unistrut to clamp the top? I just read that entry. Very interesting.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 04:29 PM

Duck, I did think about truing things up with a skil saw but I’m still plugging away with a plane. I ended up switching to a No4 and that seems to be working a lot better. I have a couple other projects taking priority over the ends and they aren’t going anywhere. I didn’t use any unistrut clamp, with a 4” thick top you where getting what you got in regards to it lining up. I wasn’t too bad in the end. the mis-match wasn’t over 1/16th anywhere so planning that off went pretty quick.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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