When we last left off, I had milled all the pieces for the top. Not long after that, I had glued them up in groups of 5-6 pieces each, and had run those through the planer to make them all a consistent thickness (just under 1”, maybe 15/16”). Due to a lot of personal stuff going on, I didn’t have a lot of shop time for the next month or so, but I’ve finally gotten some time back and have made more progress.
Earlier this week, I glued up the smaller sections into two halves, but in order to maximize the thickness I decided to flatten each half with my hand plane – my #4 to be exact, so more smoothing than flattening. This has worked out really well, considering it’s the first time I’ve tried it. Yesterday I glued up the halves and finished flattening it as best I could.
Sorry for the low quality pics, our good camera is on loan to a friend on vacation, so all I’ve got is my phone.
The top is pretty flat, though I probably could have done better had I used my #8 instead (it still needs work to be tuned up, possibly a new blade since the original has some major pitting). I’ve currently got it sanded on both sides with 100 grit, though I had to sand a few spots extra since there was some tear-out on the curly maple sections, so I need to go over it again to knock down some high spots before moving up to 150. Overall though, hopefully I’ll be ready to trim it to length within a week.
As always, thanks for looking.
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