|Forum topic by KellyS||posted 07-23-2009 02:08 PM||13191 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
07-23-2009 02:08 PM
So, I have a mechanical background and I understand a good deal about rigid setups when machining on a milling machine and good rigid toolpost setups on a lathe and that the mass of the machine can play a major role in how well the finish is…less chatter marks, better finish, less deflection. So do you think the Work bench and its rgidity is equally important. The reason why I ask is ( let me ramble a moment) almost a “What came first, the chicken or the egg” type of a question. I purchased a #4 Groz plane a few months back, got it out of the box thinking this is going to be really cool, I’m going to make some shavings, smooth the top of this box out UHH! Not so, I fiddled with it for a little while and put it back up. Then I got interested in it again, took it out and did my best to put a good edge on it….Low and behold I got a nice big curl out of the mouth of it…And I WAS HOOKED! I keep trying with various degrees of satisfactiion, but I think part of my problem is that my workbench is basically a 1-1/2” piece solid pine table top the neighbor gave me sitting on top of the steel frame that my Sears table saw came crated in. I keep eyeballing the new Stanley Sweetheart planes, teasing my wife about wanting a Lie Nielsen plane, even pouring over the Lee Valley catalog and the Veritas planes. So now that I’ve rambled, let me ask my questions.
1.) I think I already know the answer, but do I need a better workbench to do handplaning on? Is the mass and rigidity of the bench just as important as it is in metalworking
Well better get to the paying job UHH!
-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.