After the glue up of the bench top I moved onto some initial hand flattening. With the top in two halves and then again as a single piece; I took to the number 5 and number 7 stanleys (and a lot of sharpening). My new veritas straight end came into it’s own at this point.
Recognizing that it might be some time until i’m up to ‘finishing’ the top, I gave it a quick sand and a thin layer of shellac.
(The father-in-law inspecting the progress.)
-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/