LumberJocks

Quick Question on Bench Flattening w/Hand Planes

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by langski93 posted 05-28-2014 07:02 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View langski93's profile

langski93

103 posts in 2901 days


05-28-2014 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench top flattening bench

For those of you with experience getting really flat results, I have the following question on technique.

My top is a bid wider at 31.5”
I have a Bailey #7, a 5 1/2 as well as a 4 if needed.

For the first step with the #7, the cross grain planing, would you start in the middle and plane straight to each side, or or do you start your push on one edge of the top and push all the way straight across the top and past the far (opposite) edge?

Because of the width of my top I was starting in the middle on the cross grain step and pushing across the front edge the length of the bench and then change direction and doing the other 1/2 of the bench down its length.

Thanks in advance.

-- Langski, New Hampshire


3 replies so far

View shampeon's profile

shampeon

1719 posts in 1651 days


#1 posted 05-28-2014 07:20 PM

How out of flat is your top right now? If you can identify the high spots with a straight-edge and mark them (with a pencil) you can start off with the 5 1/2 or 4 with an open mouth and a thicker cut to knock them down first. Then you can clean it up with the 7, making some light edge to edge diagonal passes (I don’t do true cross grain planing here) and then lengthwise passes until you’re flat.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

4859 posts in 2281 days


#2 posted 05-28-2014 07:30 PM

I am sure you can do pretty well with hand planes, but what I have had the best luck with is commercial size drum sanders. I take my large tops to a woodworking shop with a 50” combination planer / drum sander. Within a matter of minutes, the top is dead flat. In my experience, the cost is reasonable.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View richardwootton's profile

richardwootton

1699 posts in 1423 days


#3 posted 05-28-2014 08:59 PM

A pair of winding sticks to look for twist will come in handy also to look for twist.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com