Some photos of my workbench slab after getting a friend from work to help me move it from my upstairs apartment living room into my garage. (Well, actually, he just heaved it up on his shoulder and carried it for me. I’m SO out of shape! Thanks dude! I did make him a good deal on one of my 75” walnut slabs though, so it worked out well.)
I have a lot of work to do in getting this top surface flat and relatively smooth.
Airplane runway view.
You sure can tell where I DIDN’T wipe the glue up while it was still wet. I know some people talk about just chipping it off with an old chisel after it dries, but I like to keep it “contained” just after putting the clamps on. Clean-up is easier then. But I hardly stain or finish anything. And when I do, I don’t worry that the glued part doesn’t accept the stain or finish like the rest of the piece. It just doesn’t bother me. But I haven’t made any ‘fine furniture’ yet either. I might change my ways at some point. You can tell also where I used the Elmer’s brown glue and the TiteBond II yellow glue. It’s a workbench top though and it’s going to get some abuse.
Picture of my benchtop after first pass with HF 7.5 amp power planer (3-1/4”). Went to HF to get some “C” clamps that were on sale and got a power planer. I had read many reviews and the 7.5 amp one is the better one, so I got it. Thanks to the dude at the check-out for getting me 20% off the already ridiculously low price (90 return policy in case anything blows-up). No worries though because I got the 2 yr warranty. I was all set to hand plane the top of my workbench/slab, but my Stanley No. 7 needs restoring (clean up really good, flatten irons – they are bent a bit at the top, replace missing screw on front of tote, and sharpen the dickens out of the iron). I was afraid that the electric planer would be loud, but it’s really relatively quiet. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve really got to keep an eye on the tiny sawdust collector bag on this thing – it fills up in a hurry! I didn’t notice it was full for a bit and wondered why shavings were flying all over the place – BAG FULL! Motor got warm, but not hot – caught it in time before I blew the thing up immediately after purchase! LOL I set the blade at 1/16” and I really like the way it shaves off a little bit at a time. I had never used a power planer before this. Kind of cool!
-- Rodney, Arkansas