My First Workbench #4: Day 4: Just Plane Fun

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 08-16-2012 02:04 AM 1400 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got some more time in the shop today working on my bench…now that all the boards for the top are cut to length, it was time to start planing and getting things crisp.

I decided to follow the advice of Paul Sellers and try and use my hand plane to smooth out the sides of the pieces to prep for gluing up the top. I like his simple technique of using two saw horses as a support and straddling the wood to start planning on the end. Once you get a foot or so planed, you simply simply push the end of the board against something rigid and using that as a planing stop. In my case it was one of the exposed studs in the wall of my garage…and from what I can tell, the method works great!

Long story short, I got 3 boards planed (mostly) and a nasty blister and had to sharpen my blades in the middle which chewed up more time than wood…buuuut…it’s progress and I learned a lot. For more pics and details, click here.

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 09:33 AM

I too am building my first real workbench. I’m happy to see someone else spending hours in the garage planing down the boards. Looks great and look forward to your progress.

-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 11:22 AM

Hey thanks! It may not be as glamorous, accurate or fast as a circular saw but I’m finding (so far…we’ll see when my hands are all blistered up) it much more rewarding to do it 70/30 hand tools to power tools. I mean, technically I should have cut all the planks to length with the hand saw, but…that miter saw had been staring at me in the box for 2 years now, all sad that no one had opened it up yet and I just couldn’t pass it up.

Thanks for stopping by!

-- Steve

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