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Forum topic by Béla posted 02-13-2013 04:10 PM 686 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2013 04:10 PM

I’ve been putting this off for way too long, I think because it was intimidating to take the old #7 to the bench top. But with a freshly sharpened iron I found it pretty easy to do. And it was a great exercise for plane technique and the triceps. I also made up some maple bench dogs which relegated my steel dogs to the “I may need these again sometime” drawer.

A really flat bench is the bees knees so if anyone out there is putting it off, just go ahead do it! It turns out it’s really not that hard.

-- Béla, Memphis TN

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#1 posted 02-13-2013 04:53 PM

I really need to do this. My top has developed a cup recently. Good thing I just picked up a type 9 #7C in good condition. Get it spiffed up a little and take it to the bench sounds like a great idea.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 05:06 PM

satisfaction can be seen in your face!

Many people is afraid to do this, because they have the Starrett / Swiss -Watch-making / Isaac Newton mentality and they are expecting to get it o.oooooooo-cero flat!

Are we making swiss watches?.....really?????

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 02-13-2013 06:18 PM

You are very right Francisco. When I say flat, I mean flat enough for one’s needs. I’d say flat enough to keep work pieces from rocking and to allow square assembly. My needs certainly didn’t require a feeler gauge of any thickness.

-- Béla, Memphis TN

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