In a recent post asking if my planer was sufficient for planing some larger stock I recently acquired, I told the story of how I came to get some chunky 8” x 8’ x 8/4 hard maple.
I also mentioned that I intended to use it for my first real wood joinery project; a roubo bench.
I’ve decided to mimic many aspects of Shipwright’s bench as well as his wedge powered leg vice. I’m still on the fence whether to incorporate his wedge powered wagon vice. It’s beautiful, but some of the cuts seem outside my capacity.
I asked for advice, and got it. My planer has no infeed/out feed tables, so I was apprehensive. People suggested I’d be fine so long as I provided solid and stable supports for the timber at both the infeed and out feed sides. Ugly, but it worked like a dream:
I said it was ugly.
So plane away I did. I planed down the 8/4 maple then grabbed the ugly piece of 8/4 walnut I have. After a few passes ( I was making light passes as recommended) that ugly board was transformed:
In the background you can see why my “shop” lol, is in my driveway. The darling wife gets to park her car inside, and I have quite a few power tools and other apparatus acquired over time for various functions in the field. The “shelf” in the middle is actually a cart. It moves over to the right, along with bicycles and the lawnmower. So space is at a premium. Still working on that as I am able.
Which brings to mind; would it be a crime to put my roubo bench on casters? I will likely need to shuffle my space around for some time.
So back to the planing… I have no jointer, but I did recently purchase some hand planes from a fellow LJ. (Mark E.) http://lumberjocks.com/topics/50949
The day i got them, I played with them a bit but I must confess that initially I had poor results and I suspected it was due to my own inexperience. Once I had the faces of this stock surfaced, of course I had to have another go at hand planing.
Now I’ve seen quite a few guys post pics of their planes and shavings. It seemed just a bit silly, but now I think I understand it a bit better:
First, I started out with the #5 then moved into the #4. I don’t yet have a jointer plane but after getting the feel for these, I surely will. In fact, I even wonder if I could forgo the purchase of the powered jointer. Perhaps I am filled with hubris after experiencing the joy that comes from making shavings with a hand plane. Time will tell.
There is just something right about it.
So then it was on to honoring the founding of the United States by grilling meats outdoors. Oh… And my lovely daughter made a wonderful desert:
Sinco de Mayo… Canada Day, and Independence Day all within a few short weeks of each other. Wonderful times.
I think we need a LumberJock’s Day. Perhaps in August?
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