The "What am I doing?" Holtzapffel Workbench #5: Call 911-Fat lady down!

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Blog entry by DragonLady posted 03-16-2010 02:27 AM 1652 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Final glue up of top Part 5 of The "What am I doing?" Holtzapffel Workbench series Part 6: Serious Question-When to switch planes? »

I’m going to give myself a heart attack! But wow! Flattening a roughly glued bench top is a workout. Feels good!

Had to stop and catch my breath after my first round. DL vs the bench! And surprisingly, I’m doing pretty good. I can see actual progress in taking the high boards down.

I’m using my Veritas scrub plane, and that thing is worth it’s weight in gold. Took me a while to find just the right amount of cut to take, though. Too little, and I’m just pushing the plane around for fun. Too much, and I nearly broke my wrist when the plane hit a knot and stopped, but the arm was still going forward. ow. So I experimented a bit, and I think I’ve found a good depth. Deep enough that I’m actually doing something with each pass, but not so deep that I’m fighting it.

Here’s the bench, laid down on sawhorses and daring me to start:
flatten 001

It actually didn’t glue up as badly as I thought when it was standing on end.

The top is wide enough that it’s a stretch to plane all the way across it, so I’m making sure to come at it from both sides. It’s too tall on the sawhorses to be really comfortable, though. I’m wondering if my poor little workmate would be able to support the whole thing by itself, as the workmate is a couple inches lower.

So THAT’S what cross-grain shavings look like…
flatten 004

Have I mentioned that I love my scrub plane?
flatten 006

Ok, break time is over, back to scrubbing!

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

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 05:22 AM

you go girl! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 11:33 PM

Last pic = Priceless!!!!

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 12:25 AM

Aren’t you glad you didn’t use hard maple?

-- Mark

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