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My First WorkBench Build #3: Flattening the bottom of the top

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Blog entry by BerBer5985 posted 02-09-2012 04:31 AM 4550 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The top lamination Part 3 of My First WorkBench Build series Part 4: Mounting the tail vise »

I haven’t had much time to work on the bench since I did the glue up of the top, but tonight I finished tuning up my jointer plane which still needed the bottom lapped and the back of the blade lapped and sharpened. Then I tuned up my ugliest #5 which will now be reserved for fore plane duty with it’s sharpened 8” radius camber blade that I did tonight. Then I went work flattening the bottom. It’s not 100% perfect, but it’s 99% which is good enough for me for the bottom of the workbench top. Next I’ll glue the 5”x5” legs up using big box store whitewood 2×6s which were straight and fairly knot free and most importantly, CHEAP! I thought about flattening the top, attaching the end vise, and drilling dog holes first so that I would have a place to square up anything I might across easily while I’m working, but I think I’ll attach the legs and then do all of that. Plus, I have my Rockwell sawhorse for withholding when cutting mortise and tenons and what not. I’m still debating whether to attempt the roubo sliding dovetail joint, which was my first inclination, or just a large mortise and tenon to join the top to the legs.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com



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