LumberJocks

SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #8: Flattening and Finishing

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by grfrazee posted 231 days ago 1002 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Benchtop Divider Part 8 of SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench series no next part

Finally got the bench to the point where it’s time to flatten the top and finish it.

Going into the project almost a year ago, I made a promise to myself that I would flatten the top by hand. I’ve seen the fancy router sled used by the Woodwhisperer (among others), but that’s not how I wanted to go (besides the fact that I don’t want to put down $50 on a wide-pass router bit).

The top wasn’t too far out of flat, globally.

However, there were lots of local spots that needed touching up, not to mention cleaning off the glue drops, grease, and other crud that has built up over almost a year.

I used my two winding sticks (read: plywood offcuts) to find the high spots on the top. They’re kinda hard to see, but the pencil squiggles are there.

So, out came the No. 5 to do some hoggin’.

My brother came out to the shop to have a look-see. After giving him a crash course on operating a plane, he was hoggin’ along there with me.

We ended up getting the top workably flat. It’s not perfect, but I expect it to move so I wasn’t too concerned. It’ll be flat enough for the work I do.

Next came the BLO. This is actually the first time I ever used it. We ended up putting two coats on the top, sides of the top, and the leg vise chop.

That done, all was left was to sweep up the shavings and admire the new bench.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-



3 comments so far

View Don Broussard's profile

Don Broussard

1808 posts in 847 days


#1 posted 231 days ago

Nice piece of shop furniture, Glenn! I really like the wagon vise. She looks good as a blonde too. Nice work on the bench.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

View grfrazee's profile

grfrazee

322 posts in 735 days


#2 posted 231 days ago

Thanks Don. Glad you like it!

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

View stefang's profile

stefang

12525 posts in 1929 days


#3 posted 231 days ago

Great looking bench!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase