Since I posted last, I’ve been busy working on my bench. I power planed all my reclaimed Poplar and while my wife was out of town this week, I starting laminating my bench top. Good thing she was out of town. The weather was bad and I don’t have enough room in the shop, so I glued everything up in our living room floor….l was careful to put down paper to keep from getting glue all over the carpet. Glad to have her back though, she helped me this morning with the final glue up., plenty of clamps, a lot of glue and 3 or 4 hours later, Shazaam! I’ve got a bench top and it looks pretty decent! Not at good as what you could buy, but plenty good for me and I’m definitely proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.
I started later this afternoon trying to flatten it a little before I do anything else. I must say, after an hour or so of pushing a No. 7 Jointer plane across this thing I have new found respect for anyone who could do that all day. I’d say it takes much of a man…or woman to push one of those things for any amount of time. I think when I’m done with this; I’m going to look like Popeye. At least it’s Poplar, so it’s shaving pretty easy. I’m done for the day, I think the top won this round; I’ll go in and pop my blisters lick my wounds and have a cold drink. I’ll add a band-aid to my pinky finger tomorrow where the jointer rubbed a blister and go back for round two.
After I’m done with the preliminary flattening I need to get down to some serious planning and sketching. So far I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants on making my top. I’m too far into this to screw it up, so I think I’ll slow down and do a little planning.
More to come later.
-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.