One of the things I’m most thankful for about this project is all the lessons I’m learning, relearning, and getting a new appreciation for. Dimensioning the boards for the top 100% by hand has proven to be a lot of work, but I’m loving every bit of it.
Planing these boards has been a real challenge considering that they’re a foot longer than my current plywood + hardboard bench top. I’ve had to be creative and to attack that problem; finally coming up with a good system. Facing challenges and finding new ways to tackle them is one of the things that attracts me the most about woodworking.
The picture below shows tonight’s glue up, adding the 6th board to the previous 5 laminations. Because I’m hand planing them all and I only get a few hours a night to work on them, I’m only able to dimension 1 or 2 boards per day. With the 6th board added today, I’ll have the first 8” or so of the top laminated. That’s about a 3rd of the finished width of 24”.