Workbench TWO – Day 4

The task for Day 4 is to complete the milling process for the bench top boards.   I learned a lot from completing the first section.   The process would be much more efficient to mill all the boards at one time.

I did not accomplish all of the processing today.   I got the first rough cuts on all eight of the 8 ft. 8/4″ stock.  I completed 6 of the 13 finish top pieces.

There is a rule when you are milling that to avoid as much twisting of final milled boards, you should mill all sides.   Time wise I decided I could get 6 boards done in a reasonable amount of time.  ( My normal time in the shop runs 3-4 hours. )

What I learned today:

  1. Again this is heavy stuff.
  2. The in-feed and out-feed support stands need to be as exactly set as possible.
  3. The new Gripper jointer push blocks are just excellent for the wide side of the boards, which is my first pass on the jointer.
  4. Using rubber coated glove to push  the second side through the jointer works much better than my standard work gloves.  This side must be pushed against the jointer fence.
  5. The result from the jointer is not perfect.   I need to perfect the method I am using to push the first pass.  I believe I can get a more consistent result.

From the above, “What I learned”  the result was 3 of the boards are not flat when testing the glue up joints. ( See pictures )  I tried the “fix” these with my LN #8 by hand.   This did help me understand how bad the surface was coming off the jointer.   More to learn about that in Day 5.

I am having a great time in the shop.  Learning more about all my tools and especially how precise we have to be to get great results.

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  1. says

    The biggest reason I don’t make a workbench with a glued-up top is the thought of making all those boards flat. Bless you for taking on this project. I’ll be following along. I like your powered jointer, looks like a beast.

  2. ralph boumenot says

    Did you check your boards before and after, for twist? Even with a “powered” jointer will still have to take the high spots down first.

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