My First Workbench #6: Day 6: Short on time...

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 08-18-2012 12:56 AM 4101 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Didn’t get nearly what I wanted accomplished today. Must have jinxed myself yesterday by posting a proposed timeline for the next few days.

All in all, I got 3 of the remaining 2×4s face-planed today, with minimal fuss and sweat and time. In fact, I got them smooth in less than 30 minutes ( a new record for me!). Which is good, because that was about all the time I had to spare today!

Sadly, that meant there was really no need to take pictures. I have continued to make progress though—-there are only 3 of the 2×4s left (finally) to face-plane. That means tomorrow, I can set up the old Porter Cable circular-plane, er, saw, and cut off 1/2” from the edge of the boards that need it, then finish off the remaining few with the hand plane.

With all my talk about patience, you may be wondering why I’m suddenly thinking about timelines and what to do tomorrow, etc. Well, the Sky Fort will be shipping next week (!!) and the clock is running. When that bad boy gets here it will be all hands on deck to put it together (sometime before it starts snowing!)...I’d like to have the workbench done so we can, I don’t know, have a place to work.

No pressure…

-- Steve

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 01:01 AM

I want a SkyFort too! You have a great motivator to get that work bench completed – maybe your wife will give you a hand as practice for the SkyFort – you know, working together and coordinating your moves and making allowances for height and strength differences while still at ground level.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 01:23 PM

Steve, You might want to think about gluing up the flattened 2×4s before trimming them to length. In my experience, gluing up that many billets and getting them all lined up perfectly is a bear. Easier to do the best you can, then trim both ends with the circular saw.

-- Ric, Northern Illinois, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 01:16 PM

@ Kay yeah the Sky Fort is great motivation! We can hardly wait! As for working together, I hit the jackpot when I married Sara…she’s 6’ and was an all-American volleyball star in college and coached college vb too…she’s about the strongest woman I’ve ever met (which means shes dangerous lol). We work great together, she tells me what to do and I do it! Seriously, we make a good team, we just recently ripped up 2 bathrooms, a laundry and entry
way in our new house, put in tile and paint and fixtures, etc…yeah, I think I’ll keep her :)

@ Ric, yup, I thought about that….after I made all the cuts! I had to do something if just to be able to move these things around without smashing stuff in the garage. Right now they are a little longer than final size. I still have to trim them up…and, when I glued up the first chunk of 4 boards, I made the mistake of not aligning them 100% so one ended up 1/2” long on one side and short on the other. Oops! Definitely some trimming in the future…but, live and learn! This is my first big project and it’s a hoot, mistakes and all!

-- Steve

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