Various shenanigans #15: Planing a table top by hand

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 01-01-2014 11:22 PM 2084 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, its Jan 1, 2014. For some reason the start of a new year always gets me anxious. Like a light bulb goes off and illuminates everything that I have procrastinated on. This morning, the start of the new year was no exception. So.. I got up and got to work. Nope, not on my chevy which I oh so want to work on and for it to be done… nope. The last week while I was working on my chevy was because I NEEDED to be doing something for myself. Wake up call. Back to work pal. So… putting in some hours on a table that I am making for a friend. I did the glue up of the top a few weeks ago, and I have mostly made the legs.. but there is more work there to be done for sure. But back to the top because that is where all the time is going to be spent.

8/4 thick, 6” wide vertical grain dug fir. I ran them through a thickness planer just to clean up a little, but I jointed all the edges by hand. Once glued up it needs to be flattened and smoothed. Enter from stage left… jack plane. The first thing I did this morning was to put a large camber on a spare blade. Spare, simply because it is an A2 blade… as I have switched my primary steel to PMV-11. As time goes by, I will switch to PMV-11 for all my blades, but so far I only have one for the jack plane. I used a power grinder to do this.. I don’t care that it is not perfect.. its for rough work, and its just A2 steel…

Then on to make a mess.

Im pretty close to getting full shavings from each pass, and a long straight edge is telling me that I am close enough flat. But I noticed there are a few spots where I am getting some tear out..

Hopefully you can see it… so I switched to a toothed blade for the rest of the rough work.

Of course this is not easy work, it is time consuming and it is a real work out, but I am used to it. What I did notice though, my left wrist started to hurt a little.. after a quick inspection..

One of my nemesis, a ganglion. This one is still pretty small, but it is starting to cause discomfort. I am prone to these and kidney stones as well. So time to take a break and force myself to drink lots and lots of water.

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 04:19 PM

Word to the wise: A Google image search for “ganglion” yields some interesting (and pretty gross) results. Learn something new every day.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 12:21 AM

I should have made caution about google searching ganglion. Sorry.

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#3 posted 05-25-2014 07:49 PM

Beautiful table! Love the color and patina – well done. Chevy? What Chevy is that? Enquiring minds would like to know. (-;

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 05-25-2014 07:58 PM

Ron, you can read all about my chevy adventures here. And since the table is now out of the way, I can get back to it and should have something new posted soon.

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