Earlier this afternoon I started out with the notion I would get as much of the superstructure for the table saw done as time would allow for. The bottom of the base (seen earlier) is made entirely out of new lumber, which wasn’t my intention from the onset. I was getting ready to make a trip out to our local Lowe’s for more 2” x 4”s when I decided to use the reclaimed lumber in the dungeon.
After I found a couple of boards with straight edges long enough to cut to the sizes I needed, I measured them to length and cut with my new crosscut handsaw. Then it was time to see if they would plane using a bench plane that hadn’t been sharpened beyond it factory edge. Dialing in the correct tension between the lever cap and blade assembly was a bit of a pain. Once I got it dialed in I was making shavings. And lots of them!
In this second picture, the two boards on the left have been planed on all four sides. The rough board on the far right is what they looked like before planing.
My planing was far from perfect. I don’t have the skill at this time to plane squared edges by eye. Faces were pretty flat, though. Surprising, considering what little time I had put into it.
All in all, I accomplished both goals I started out with: 1) to see if I could make the boards smooth enough for construction, and; 2) to see if the factory ground edge on the plane could accomplish the task.
I spent a lot of time on cutting with a handsaw and planing just these two 26” boards. Was it worth it? Of yeah. Seriously, in the back of my mind I am wondering if I would rather revert to hand tool construction whenever possible. I have to say that my hand saw cut ends were pretty close to square. I now know addictive hand planing can be. And best of all was how all of this was making me feel. Just awesome.
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA