handtool workbench #8: Plowin ahead..

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 11-02-2015 12:27 AM 787 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In case i forgot to mention, i am currently making a Paul Sellers inspired bench.

I am not making the one he shows in his blog/videos, but more like the one in his book, i think. I currently do not have his book, but from what i have read and seen elsewhere it is not as deep and the toolwell is more toward the back.

I wanted to build a big bench but i have found most of what i will do will work on something smaller. My space doesnt really allow for such either.

So planning on a 5.5’ long 24” wide. Height I was aiming for 36”, what my plywood bench have been working on is. While working today, on the slab, i found 34” is more comfortable, so a slight change to my plans on paper.

But on to what i did today..

I flattened the bottom of the slab roughly. Enough to work on jointing the 2×4s for apron/toolwell laminations.

Scrub plane and gramps #5 used to take down below the roundovers. Heft and Hubris for final passes.

After setting those up and glued i went back and did final flattening of bottom.

9 2×4s jointed and glued up for 2 aprons 1 toolwell.
Started to flatten the top of slab a bit before i lost daylight

Aprons will only be 9.5 inches tall, toolwell will be determined after everything else is done.

Probably gonna cheat to save time, run the laminations through the power planer. After taking any twist/cupping out with planes, in the mornin. Gotta get leg assemblies ready as well.

Thats it for now.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 11-02-2015 12:01 PM

Coming along real well Tug, how’s the shoulders holding up.. lol..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 12:44 PM

Keep up the good work. It’s coming along quite nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 12:53 PM


-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 12:53 PM

Feel the burn!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 11-02-2015 04:17 PM

Coming along real well Tug, how s the shoulders holding up.. lol..

- racerglen

They a bit achy this mornin, as well as my back and knees, but the last two are a normal thing..

Seems today isnt gonna be very productive, but we shall see what happens. Got honeydos to take care of

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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