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  • #135561
    Darryl
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    This morning I took advantage of some rare English sunshine and got to work hand planing the bottom of my bench top. A couple of hours later and it is somewhere near flat and twist free.

    This was my first time planing b&q whitewood and even with my Veritas LA jack fitted with a 50 degree blade (62 degree cutting angle) there was some shocking tear out. This may offend some of you but I am not being overly precious with the bench build as it will end up in less than ideal conditions once complete so while I planed the worst of the tear out away I wasn’t overly fussed as long as the bench was registering flat and the areas where the trestles will be attached are clean.

    Some of the nasty knots gave my planes a bruising and I did smack the front of my LA jack plane into my planing stop (garage wall) but all is well in the world of ductile iron!

    I break for half term (five weeks off) in a fortnight which is when I will continue with this build, hopefully the sun will return to jolly old England during that time.

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 6 months ago by Darryl.
    #136442
    foz68
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    Looks nice Darryl, how are you getting on?

    This looks to be a very similar spec bench to the one i am going to start soon. I took the opportunity last weekend to use my parents in-law’s car to pick up the timber, so keen to get started.

    Could i ask a couple of questions? Which sash clamps are you using, their length and how many? These and a hammer are the only things i need to buy before i can start.

    Thanks in advance

    Andy

    #137106
    Darryl
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    Hi Andy, my apologies for the delay in getting back to you, I haven’t been here for a while.

    Unfortunately I have not made any progress since my last posting. With building work going on at home there is no space to crack on with the bench build and the weather was poor so working outside was a non starter during when I had time available.

    The sash cramps I picked up from eBayUK, they are branded silverline and I have four of each 600mm, 1000mm and 1200mm lengths. If buying these again I would probably buy more of the 600mm cramps instead of the 1200.

    I hope that helps.

    #137125
    David B
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    Darryl,

    Not sure if it is of interest to you or where you are progress-wise with your bench. I built my first(and only) bench a few months ago and blogged the entire process at Lumberjocks. I tried to be as detailed as I could and as open as I could about my mistakes and shortcomings. My bench is not perfect but if you ask my wife she’ll probably tell you I spend at least a couple of hours a day working in the garage. I just love woodworking and it’s nice to have a capable bench to facilitate everything!

    Here’s my build if interested: http://lumberjocks.com/dbockel2/blog/74642

    Good luck!

    #137126
    Darryl
    Participant

    Hi David,

    When I get the space to get going I intend to document the whole thing via a few different online places that I visit, everyone loves a bench build!

    I am pretty critical/self deprecating in everything I do so have no problem displaying my flaws, I just hope I learn from them the next time.

    Thanks for the link to your blog on lumberjacks, I will give it a good read.

    #137127
    foz68
    Participant

    Thanks Darryl and David for the feedback.



    @Darryl
    – thanks for taking the time to tell me about the cramps. I bought some from Screwfix in the end – i believe them to be the same brand, just unbranded. I noted how easily the bars can bend under tension so have added wood inside to re-enforce them, as Paul suggests. Bought 4 x 24″ and 4 x 36″. Hope it is enough. Hope you find time to build it soon.



    @Darryl
    – thanks for the link. I’ll read it on my tedious train journey into work tomorrow, hoping to read some good tips!

    Cheers

    Andy

    #137128
    foz68
    Participant

    Apologies, second @ was suppose to be David!

    Andy

    #309331
    foz68
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    I thought i would update on progress of the bench. Starting to look real, which is exciting!

    Only taken 9 months to get this far…..

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