10,000 Hours #3: More Work Needs to be Done

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Blog entry by LucasWoods posted 03-09-2015 11:35 PM 1064 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I spent a half hour planning the top of my workbench which had the cupping problems. I marked the high spots with my straight edge and focused on those until everything was pretty much flat. Some spots in the middle may have had a bit more than 1/16th of an inch. So now that I got it flat-ish I started planning across the entire width of my table. after going one pass I took the straight edge out again and it seems like one spot seemed to get an even worse of a cup? My bench is 30” wide and I cannot plane the entire width in one pass… so I have to go about half way across the table on one side then switch sides and do the same thing. Do you think that Is why I ended up making my cup a little bit worse in some areas? I don’t know… I have a #7 Stanley Jointer coming on Wednesday of this week. Maybe I will just wait to finish the bench until I have something with a longer sole.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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Marty Backe

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#1 posted 03-10-2015 12:45 AM

Length is your friend when it comes to flattening long/wide surfaces. There’s quite a difference between a Jack plane and a Jointer plane when put up against a 30” wide surface. Too late I’m sure, but I would have gone for the #8. You don’t need a Jointer often, but when you do every inch is helpful.

But I’m sure that cup will disappear with the #7

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#2 posted 03-10-2015 01:34 AM

If all your strokes are ending in the middle of the top that could cause a hollow yes. Try standing up on a stool or bench to see if you can do a full pass to reach across. 30” is fairly wide for a bench, so I understand why it’s taxing to plane across. The #7 will help for sure. I actually prefer the #7 to the #8 because the extra weight gets tiring.

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 01:41 AM

Thank you both for the suggestions I think when i get the #7 I will try to set something up to where I am a bit higher.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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