The bench in the video is 8'x3', is to large for my shop but I have since bought his book (Working Wood 1 and 2: The Artisan Course with Paul Sellers)which has plans for a smaller version of the bench, 5'x2' which I will base my bench on.
The weather here has warmed enough for gluing in my unheated shop so last week I got some 2x4's (SPF studs, mostly pine I think) from the Borg (Home Depot) and made a start on the top. Cut eight 2x4's to rough length and planed the faces for gluing.
Sunday, glued top.
Monday morning, planed bottom face flat.
Top face before
and after planing and cutting to final length.
Left to right
- no. 4 plane I got last week and and sharpened with and aggressive curve on the blade, used as a scrub plane. This worked very well for rapid removal of stock on the uneven faces after gluing.
- no. 4 Stanley smoothing plane that I inherited from my father in law.
- no. 6 Stanley try plane. I bought this one at a flea market about thirty years ago.
- Disston handsaw. I got this one at the ReStore last month ($3.00), not restored yet but I did sharpen it, my first try at saw sharpening, and it works well.
Lessons learned so far:
- I need better clamps
- My gluing skills need improvement, some of the joints did not close tightly.
- Saws and planes are not that difficult to sharpen.
- Sharp tools are a pleasure to work with.
Will post more as progress is made, now back to the shop.
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10ER #23430, 10ER #84609, 10ER #94987,two SS A-34 jigsaws for 10ER.
1959 Mark 5 #356595 Greenie, SS Magna Jointer, SS planer, SS bandsaw, SS scroll saw (gray), DC3300,