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HillWilly

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09-06-2016 11:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane planing hand tools hand planing stanley bailey question

Howdee Ljox

I’ve got old, gray roughcut [hemlock??] 20 foot 2×4’s that I am building my bench with. I am leaving the weathered look for aged affect

I am planing one face of eight 36 inch pieces to join for the legs. These will be joined into 4×4’s.

I have planed the twists and high spots out. I have them close enough so light is barely visible between them.

My skill level and equipment aren’t the best so My Question is…...

How do I know when to stop planing. when is it good enough!!!!!

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann


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Aj2

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 12:35 AM

Can you squeeze the joint closed with your hands?Then your done.
If you can still see light find the last high spots.

Aj

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HillWilly

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#2 posted 09-07-2016 02:41 AM

Thanx AJ, but you have lead me to electric planer ish perfection, but alas my skill level and equipment don’t seem to allow me that quality of work.

I guess my question is …...How much perfection is considered ok for amature hand planing. There is no rocking, and mear slivers of light visable. Any gaps probably would not allow a dollar bill. I have used winding sticks and straight edges and squares. Will this be sufficient to justify a glue joint!

My problem here is I have nothing to compare my work to….What will work, and what wont!

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 04:04 AM

I have handplanes I also have a jointer. Sorry my answer was not helpful.
I always try to share my experience strength and hope.
Sometimes I do parrot information but only if it’s good.
Good luck with your project.

Aj

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 05:20 AM



Thanx AJ, but you have lead me to electric planer ish perfection, but alas my skill level and equipment don t seem to allow me that quality of work.

I guess my question is …...How much perfection is considered ok for amature hand planing. There is no rocking, and mear slivers of light visable. Any gaps probably would not allow a dollar bill. I have used winding sticks and straight edges and squares. Will this be sufficient to justify a glue joint!

My problem here is I have nothing to compare my work to….What will work, and what wont!

- HillWilly

If your gaps are that tight you are good to go!!

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rwe2156

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#5 posted 09-07-2016 01:23 PM

For something like this, if the gaps clamp out, glue them up.
Then re flatten and square up after you got your 4×4.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 09-07-2016 02:06 PM

Sounds good enough to me. Do a “dry” clamp up, if the gaps close up, you’re good to go.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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