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 http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com