Completion of the bench top

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by RobDubs posted 03-26-2017 07:26 PM 479 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After about a week of work, I have combined all three laminated groupings to produce the final top. All of the leveling was done by hand with a low angle jack plane. Any twist has been removed, and the top is mostly straight and level – there are a very few, hard to see undulations in certain areas. This is only the second project I’ve done with this amount of planing. The first time was my small coffee table. I ran a 120 grit sand paper over it at the end. I used Titebond III for the glue ups.

One of the key challenges with building the top out of the 2×4 material is finding wood that is straight to start with. Additionally, while the LA Jack does good work, the blade has a tendency to leave deep marks that will be hard to workout (I’m not putting to much effort into making it a pretty bench, it is meant for work after all).

Next up is building out the frame and aprons. I’ve decided to go with a Paul Seller’s type bench (sans the split top) instead of the Roubeaux type bench.

3 comments so far

View Dan Wolfgang's profile

Dan Wolfgang

131 posts in 621 days

#1 posted 03-27-2017 01:41 AM

Nice work and good progress!

View Ron Aylor's profile

Ron Aylor

1652 posts in 461 days

#2 posted 03-27-2017 10:34 AM

Lookin’ good … keep at it!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

View RobDubs's profile


39 posts in 273 days

#3 posted 03-27-2017 01:28 PM

Thanks all! Yeah, getting there. Just a few high spots on the side to get out and it’ll be close to dead flat on top.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics