The "What am I doing?" Holtzapffel Workbench #2: Foray into Four-Square

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Blog entry by DragonLady posted 03-10-2010 05:08 AM 1629 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Actually Part 2-Cutting to rough length Part 2 of The "What am I doing?" Holtzapffel Workbench series Part 3: The glue up »

All the pieces are rough cut to length for the top now.
4square 001

I’m seriously thinking that it is going to be too wide. My original plan was for 30” but now that I see it, it looks awfully big. I think I may just start gluing up, and stop when I think it looks good. I can adjust the base to the correct dimensions after the top is finished.

And a first for me: I flattened a face, and squared an edge to it! I’m so excited! I squealed like a little girl when the try square came up flat :)

Only made it through 2 1/2 faces of a 6ft long board before I pooped out for the day. Wow, what a workout this is for me. Feels good, though. I have a feeling I’ll have lost a couple pounds by the time this workbench is finished. It doesn’t help that I don’t have a stable surface to plane on (that’s kinda why I’m building this thing, after all) so the silly thing bounces around like a jumping bean. Need to see if I can get the brain hamster working on a solution to that.
4square 002

So there’s the progress for today. I think I’ll only be able to do one, maybe two boards per session. So it will take me a while to mill these all flat and square. I’m ok with that, in no particular hurry. The fun is in doing it!

First order of business next time: sharpen those plane irons!

Oh, I think I’m in love with my scrub plane…

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 07:25 AM

How come you’re planing each board before the glue up? Usually people glue up the boards and then flatten the top with planing. At least that’s what I’ve seen on the site most often. I’ve never done it either way but coincidentally I’m in the process of making a cutting board and the principle seems to be the same.


-- Jim

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 03:31 PM

Looks great. Good for you.

When I built mine, I built the base first and used that to support the massive top while I flattened it. But this will require you to select the dimensions earlier.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 09:36 PM

I love hand tools, but being raised in a produstion shop, that looks like a hard way to get the job done. I admire your dedicaction to the task. It’s really inspiring to see anyone make use of the tools they have to accomplish a goal. Sometimes the journey is more rewarding than the end result. Hang in there, you’ll be glad you did. It looks good so far.

Interesting you showed your Workmate. Someone posted a question recently about them. Yours looks just like mine.


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