The saga continues.
Spent the morning flattening the top of the Sapele panel, and trimming the ends square.
Apologies, but I forgot to take a picture before my son and I flipped it over to work on the bottom side. Was sort of anticlimactic when top was flat. Not much to see in an unfinished flat 39X108” Sapele panel?
Here is the bottom of the panel, with my caulk marks on what needs work in my next hand plane marathon.
As I was shutting down and cleaning up due the 104 degree afternoon shop temperatures, I thought this picture of a 18” high 36” diameter of hand plane shavings best showed todays effort. Picture doesn’t do it justice, as it looked bigger in person.
I am not a hand plane expert. But, this large panel definitely gave me lots of OTJ training & practice with different planes. The stable of planes used is in the picture. A #3 & #5 1/4 set for heavy cross gain scrub cuts, #604, #5, and #5 1/2 for blending/smoothing the scrub areas, and the #7 & #608 to blend large areas. Not sure why I preferred them, but the #5-1/4 scrubbing and #5-1/2 smoother ended doing most of the work. Got to admit, the boat anchor Stanley bedrock 608 really came in handy for finding the remaining high spots that were almost invisible to the eye or touch.
BTW – Does anyone have any good suggestions for automatic dust collection on hand planes?
It seemed to take forever to sweep up all of today’s hand plane cardio exercise from every crevice of the garage. :)
Thanks for reading.
-- I'm not a woodworker, but sometimes I do occasionally find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!