Well guys and Gals the first top is now done and it is on to the second one . The Glue Ups were done the way Bob Lang says to do them. Normally I do things my Own way but this time I thought what Bob said made sense. I was happy to be in the shop and doing the work that I love. I was worried that after the glue dried the boards were not all the same i had different thickness boards all over so some thought went into how to Plane it so I would get a flat top and on both sides it had to be right. The Little Dewalt733 is ten years old at least not a hiccup It worked very well. The little Black and Decker workmate holding the planer by friction not so well the wood is just to much a quick bench build may be in order to have a table i can bolt the Planer down to for safety reasons. so that will be done before we plane bench tops for the second Bench Later this week. Here is the pictorial version of the Bench so Far I have taken a few shots for you but I do forget to do more so sorry about so few photos of the build so far
Thats me and John Ormsby striking the deal John is a great craftsman and a nice guy I like him a lot and hope to spend a few days with him learning new stuff. The Truck at it load limit nice 8/4 Silver Maple nice wood
The Glue up begins by gluing a Pair of boards together after face jointing and planing the boards as thick as Possible the goal is to use 6 boards for the top the top cant be wider than the dewalt planer SO WE ARE SHOOTING FOR A 12 AND A HALF INCH TOP
THESE SHOTS SHOW THE 7 BOARD GLUE UP WE WERE A TINNY BIT OVER TWELVE AND A HALF INCHES AT THIS POINT BUT I WANT THE TOPS AS THICK AS WILL FIT IN THE 733
A few Passes on each side and the job is done the little planer that could it worked like a champ but this is the limit of the lunch box planer dont think its not the weight was as much as the feed rollers could move and they needed a little help when it got tight in the box.
this is the first of two tops that are now done i have to wait to cut it to length the goal of 90 inches was set and it looks like i will get the 90 inch tops out of the bench so i AM Happy I WANT TO THANK Bill Barkley AND HIS grandson Tyler FOR THE HELP Planing and the big glue up it was more fun and came out better than if i HAD DONE THIS ALONE I am very happy to have friends in the shop Bill and I are good friends now I have only known him 6 months and it is like we have been friends forever we work very well together he is a wonderful wise man who is a good sounding board for my Ideas. Well guys it is late and I should have gone to sleep 5 hours ago please LET ME KNOW IF YOU LIKE THE BUILD SO FAR I will try to take more photos of the second bench top being made this week .