Weekend Warrior Woodworking Magazine #17: Joinery Bench: Flattening the Top

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Blog entry by James posted 10-10-2013 08:44 AM 1320 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have made some good progress on the joinery bench in fact it’s almost done but I am little behind on my posts. I have been taking a crap load of pictures and it takes awhile to sort through them all. I know I did not make a Try Square in September but believe me when I say that I did get some good practice in. I will have to admit that I was little nervous to flatten the top of the bench, as my hand planing skills still need work. I tried the best I could during the lamination process to make the top as flat as possible but despite my best efforts it still needed to be flattened by hand.

I decided the “warm-up” by flattening the bottom first, this would give my some practice before flattening the top. I felt pretty comfortable after flattening the bottom, so I went straight into flattening the top. It took me about an hour after and after it was all said and done I had a flat top. It’s significantly more satisfying than you would think to flatten a top like this buy hand!

I then took the top over the jointer and jointed one edge straight. The top, because of its size was a little awkward to run across the jointer but it worked out fine. I then took the top over to the Festool MFT/3 and cut it to length. After it was cut to length, I took it over the table saw and cut the top to final width. I then marked and cut the tenon’s using the MFT/3 and TS 75. I made a short video here, showing the process.

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