I had a couple days off so I got to spend a few early mornings jamming to 90s Alternative tunes and prepping some lumber for a few projects on the “to-do” list. A couple years ago, I picked up a couple oak tables destined for landfill. An amusing story really. I helped a friend with a 70s style, oak coffee table she picked up at an auction for a few bucks. I went outside and there was an identical table sitting by the dumpster. It was in better condition than the one she just picked up. So I traded her and took the other one home for dismantling. A month later, she gets another table that I lugged into her apartment, and took that one home as well.
I’ve been tripping over the pieces of both of them for a good while and since I just built my bench, thought it time for a test drive. The table was somewhat rounded, consisting of a middle piece and two end pieces that would lift or fold down, depending on your needs at the time. On the way through a tight spot, a part of the end piece busted off and I needed to put an edge on it for the TS.
Two Bessey 24” clamps and I was in business. I was able to clamp it to the face of the bench. This should illustrate the difference between a HF clamp and the more expensive models. The top was probably around 30 pounds, the jointer plane around 7. Add to it the downward force of planing and that adds up to a decent amount of weight. The table didn’t budge and I was able to get a decent edge on it after using the scrub and the jointer plane -
I set up the low profile bench dogs I got from Rockler and scrubbed off the finish. The top coat was rather thick, too tedious for a card scraper, so I set the scrub for a lighter cut and went to work. Didn’t take too long and my planer blades were not going to suffer the extra wear.
After cutting on the tablesaw and running through the planer, ended up with a fairly decent stack of red oak boards.
Overall, pretty happy with the bench. Height is perfect for me with hand planing. Was rather nice to not have to stand on a bench to keep it from moving across the floor. I can pretty much clamp from any directon on the surface and the width allows me to make good use of clamps that are 2 feet long. Look for project posts in the near future.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.