So today was a learning experience for sure. I spent 3 hours planning my workbench top. Furthermore, my bench was slopped together literally 2 weeks before I moved across the country. I hope when I get more skills and more understanding the wifey will allot me some money to make a better bench in a year or so.
So I thought I knew how to flatten my workbench top and boy was I wrong. I began by planning lengthwise on my bench (which has a major cup running through the entire length). I tried to plane the edges of the cup down which was working. At least I thought it was. After planning one of the corners I get out my winding stick, which is a 48” long piece of steel (yes it is square), and what do I find out? I planned one corner WAY too far down.. so now the opposite corner is high the middle still has a cup and the edge I just planned is now lower than the cup! So, I thought to myself I have to be doing this wrong. Went to the web looked up some videos and found that I indeed was going about it the wrong way. Flash forward to the end of my 3 hours I have gone width wise across my top until I was getting consistent shavings and now the rest of the top has kind of come down to the level of my low corner. I took out my winding stick and I still have a cup! on one end it isn’t much of a cup maybe 1/8” (due to me working only one end of the bench earlier). The other end of the bench has I would say a little over 1/4”. I am using a Stanley No. 5 Jack plane. I am not sure why I still have a cup I suspect it is because my jack plane is just riding the cup because it is taking shavings out of the middle and the sides. For anyone who is reading this my bench top is 30”W X 60”L it is made out of construction grade 2×4 Whitewood.
I will be doing some more researching on this and how to correct that dang cup! Hopefully someone will grace my Blog and give me some pointers!
-- Colorado Springs, CO