Workbench Two – Day 3

Day 3 was exciting.  The first slab of 4 was ready to come out of the clamps.  The first process was to get the slab through the jointer and planer to get 4 sides square.

The comments on the pictures really tell the story.

The glue, while very different from my standard Titebond II or III really did not present any problems.  I scraped off any excess that would have made the slab off on the jointer.

The big problem is just the mass of the slab.   It is heavy and 8 ft long.   Pushing this over the jointer requires the in-feed and out-feed rollers stands to be exactly the correct height and solid.  Both are a challenge.   I did became familiar with the “feel” of the process.  Not that it became any easier, I just was able to control the material better.  I had to push hard downward to keep the slab in contact with the jointer bed.  This was workout.   When I moved to the second side in the jointer, to create a square to the first side this became more difficult.   A LOT of pressure had to be continually applied to keep the first flat side in contact with the rip fence on the jointer.  I ended up with one side almost exactly square.  The other side not as good.  It will require some hand plane work to tune it exactly.

After milling the section ( slab ) finished at 6 9/16″ x 3 3/4″   So will take 4 sections plus one more piece to get close to the 28″ width I want.  As for the thickness,  I started with 3 7/8″ first cut from the 8″ stock.  So I am sure I will end  up with my 3 1/2″ target top thickness.

Getting that accomplished, I stopped and really cleaned the shop up.

I had some more time so I prepared for Day 4.   I pulled all of the stock from the pile to mill 13 more top pieces.  The pictures tell the story here.

So a BIG day of stock milling is in front of me.  This may possibly be two days !!

I am starting to really wonder how I will handle the top once is it completely assembled.

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  1. Jack Poulin says

    I can see where your confined shop will be a problem as you progress. I often have the same problem and have wrapped plastic on major tools and put them outside temporarily. I have everything on wheels too. Would that help? Also, do you plan to make the entire top in 4-board sections and then glue them up? Just curious. Have fun and at the end of the day, count your fingers. Jack

    • Bartee says

      Jack, thanks for following the build and your comments.

      My shop is in my basement. I have walk in through my wife’s sewing room but could not move anything temporarily. Look at the bottom of this page for a layout of the shop. I am able to mill 8 ft boards on all machines by design. I do have to shift the machines some, but it works.

      Yes I am building the top is 4 board sections. Doing that I can process them over the 8″ jointer and then throught the planer. When I have all of them assembled I will plane them down to the same thickness. In my OCD mind it makes sense to me.

      I have a SawStop, so the only machines that really scares me is the jointer. Which I happen to be using a LOT ! So yes I will be careful. The big sections are tuff to move. I have started using the rubberized gloves which really helps grip the large section.

  2. says

    I have upcoming fun playing with 7′ cherry boards for my daughter’s dinning room table. I’ll doing them all by hand. Could I drive down and use your jointer and in/out feed rollers?

    • Bartee says

      Chris, look at today’s post, Day 12. I purposely took some pictures of before and after of a glue joint. I run all my glued up stock over the jointer and through the planer when I can. I plan on doing that so I allow for some “shrinkage” of the dimensions.

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