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Bootstrapping a living-room workbench #3: Sawing & planing…

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The milling is taking some time, so I might as well report on progress in this blog entry rather than in comments…

Sawing (after ~2 weeks)

Nothing really interesting to show, besides sweat, saw dust and shavings… over the last weeks I’ve been busy with work stuff during the day, and milling stock during the evenings I still had some energy to burn :)

So far, the 4 leg blanks are cut, as well as 8cm wide pieces that will become stretchers and top braces after some more sawing. This afternoon I put my plane back together and started planing away saw marks on one of these pieces. Beech is really nice to work, except the lamination is not always consistent in grain direction (what a surprise, duh).

Planing (3-5weeks in)

I’ve planed relatively parallel and square the long stretcher-like pieces. The precise dimensions ended not being identical on all pieces, within 1-3 millimeters of each other, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll just have to make the joinery accordingly.

Tonight I clamped the 4 leg blanks together, matching the grain directions as much as possible, so that I can do the rough flattening on all 4 at once (some saw cuts were not the straightest).

To do

  1. finish squaring the leg blanks
  2. cut & resaw one of the longer blanks to make the leg assembly braces, then flatten the sawed surfaces
  3. start some joinery, at last!

I’ll keep updating this post along the milling process. I’ll write a real post in a few weeks, when I have a nice pile of milled pieces and I can start joinery.



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rance

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#1 posted 1123 days ago

Damien, I ran across one of the SU’s I posted on your blog so I searched back to see how this was going. I am still fascinated with the split design. I look forward to seeing the finished bench. And when you post pics of the final build, please include pictures of how that center split is used.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 1117 days ago

Will do :)

I haven’t made much progress on the bench since june, I still have to dimension the leg braces before I can do the first mortises. Hopefully I’ll have more time / motivation starting mid-september :)

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#3 posted 989 days ago

How’s this progressing Damien?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 985 days ago

Not much… been busy with work and not very motivated by tedious flattening (and other hobbies as well, unfortunately). I’m not giving up, just waiting for my energy levels to come back up :)

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#5 posted 985 days ago

That’s why I like power tools, I don’t like to sweat when I’m doing my woodworking. I don’t care how long it takes, keep at it, and keep us updated please. :) Funny thing, I had to do some hand planing this week. Just no other better way to cut this particular board. I tried power tools but it just wasn’t the best approach. I’ll post it in the project when I finish it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 984 days ago

Thing is, power tools are not really an option in my current setup… I like hand planing, but the stock is laminated and the grain direction is not very consistent and my improvised setup makes it even less practical… I’ll admit I’m not making things simple, but it would not be a real living-room workbench bootstrap otherwise :)

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