My first real hand plane work Old oak timbers -> new workbench

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Forum topic by toddbeaulieu posted 11-20-2012 12:32 PM 1260 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2012 12:32 PM

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I’m building my first workbench. After a ton of waffling I’m trying to use old OOOOOOLD oak timbers that I already had. These are beasts at around 8×9 or so, and 15-20’ long. Sadly they have a lot of mortises in them which severely limits their usefulness.

Step 1: Cut a chunk off the timber with the chainsaw.
Step 2: Rip the timber with the chainsaw.
Step 3: Rip the useful side to around 3” on the bandsaw. (this is not easy, because they’re heavy – need supports)
Step 4: Bring out the hand planes!

It’s not perfect yet, but it’s close. When I have the finalized pieces and hopefully a new plane or two I’ll try to get them all perfect before the glue up. Rather than having a ton of 8/4 or smaller strips I’m going to have 3, or possibly 4 depending on the final desired size. It’s gonna be heavy. I plan to investigate epoxy. This wood is not perfect. It’s several hundred years old. Cracked. Some punky bits (not much). Some mortises underneath. One mortise that goes through with a hole for a peg. No worries. I hope to cut out any problems and fit in sound material from the same stock. I expect the epoxy to fill the small voids and make a solid surface. Add some dye.

Next task: how long does it take for blisters to heal?

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 01:28 PM

good work so far

-- Joel

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 03:15 PM

Wow! That is certainly an endeavor! I think reclaiming that wood to use for your workbench is a great idea. At the very least, you know it’s super stable.


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