Still hard at work putting the top together. I recently upgraded the blade in my vintage Stanley #7 jointer plane with an IBC Pinnacle blade / chipbreaker. This made a HUGE difference in dimensioning the boards and getting the faces flat for glue ups.
I decided to glue it up in 3 sections each 8” wide. Then one final glue up of those 3 sections for a final full width of 24”. The pieces being glued up for the top top are 61”; which will be trimmed to 60” after the entire top is glued up.
I’m taking a few vacation days next week to give me a 5 day weekend over the Christmas holidays. I’m hoping to get the top completed over that time. If everything works out, I should be able to get the entire bench finished by New Years Day or, at the latest, by the end of the first week of January.
Here’s a pic of the 2nd 8” section of the top laminations glued and clamped up for the night: