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  • Thomas,

    Thanks for the advice. I’m always struggling to find the balance between my desire to be perfect and my desire to actually get projects done. 🙂

    It’s good to hear that you think the legs will hold up. What do you think about the wood itself. I know that glue joints are strong, but I’m worried that with the the size of the table,…[Read more]

  • I promised to make a dining table for my wife (sized to fit 8 people). Originally, I was thinking of doing something like the sofa table project, scaled up, but she’s really keen on the “rustic/industrial” look now, and would like a table with steel hairpin legs.

    I’m not sure how to design this so that it’s stable. I wanted to use some fairly…[Read more]

  • I promised to make a dining table for my wife (sized to fit 8 people). Originally, I was thinking of doing something like the sofa table project, scaled up, but she’s really keen on the “rustic/industrial” look now, and would like a table with steel hairpin legs.

    I’m not sure how to design this so that it’s stable. I wanted to use some fairly…[Read more]

  • What’s the name of the plane Paul uses to cut the rebate (make/model)?

  • If I wanted to use this design do a simple dining table, would it work to make a top from laminated hard wood and attach it with turn buttons?

  • Would it be easier to get the shelves and supports all the same length first, fit them all together inside the sides and then layout the top based on that? It seems that laying out the top first makes it awkward […]

  • I am (very slowly) making progress on my Paul Sellers workbench. Yesterday I went to lay out the mortises in the legs, but I found out that the cheap combination gauge that I bought for $6 at Harbor Freight doesn’t have a long enough brass beam to let me set a 1/2″ mortise in the middle of a 3-1/2″ piece of wood. The fence just can’t move back far…[Read more]

  • I am (very slowly) making progress on my Paul Sellers workbench. Yesterday I went to lay out the mortises in the legs, but I found out that the cheap combination gauge that I bought for $1 at Harbor Freight doesn’t have a long enough brass beam to let me set a 1/2″ mortise in the middle of a 3-1/2″ piece of wood. The fence just can’t move back far…[Read more]

  • I am (very slowly) making progress on my Paul Sellers workbench. Yesterday I went to lay out the mortises in the legs, but I found out that the cheap combination gauge that I bought for $1 at Harbor Freight doesn’t have a long enough brass beam to let me set a 1/2″ mortise in the middle of a 3-1/2″ piece of wood. The fence just can’t move back far…[Read more]

  • I (very slowly) making progress on my Paul Sellers workbench. Yesterday I went to lay out the mortises in the legs, but I found out that the cheap combination gauge that I bought for $1 at Harbor Freight doesn’t have a long enough brass beam to let me set a 1/2″ mortise in the middle of a 3-1/2″ piece of wood. The fence just can’t move back far…[Read more]

  • It seems like every other woodworker that produces books/videos about hand-tool woodworking creates mortises by first boring a hole with a brace and bit and then chopping out the waste to square up the hole. I am definitely a Sellers “disciple”, but I do wonder if there is a reason not to do it that way. It looks so much easier, especially given…[Read more]

  • danw replied to the topic Benchtop Laminating Tolerances in the forum Projects 5 years ago

    Thanks, everyone for the advice and encouragement! It sounds like I might be closer than I thought. I’ll go with diagonal planing to get the bottom straight and then plane the edges square later.

    When it comes time to plane the edges into square, though, what is a good way to set things up? Right now the bench top is sitting across two saw…[Read more]

  • danw replied to the topic Benchtop Laminating Tolerances in the forum Projects 5 years ago

    I have the bench top laminated and am working on flattening the bottom now. One thing I notice is that the bottom, while it is getting flatter, is way out of square with the sides (see attached pictures). It seems like having the sides out of square with the bottom could cause a huge problem in getting the apron housing dado to mate with the…[Read more]

  • Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I especially like the idea of planing them in matching pairs. I’m going to go match them up and do it that way.

  • If you don’t have a 3/8 would it be better to use a 1/4 or a 1/2?

  • I am planing some HEM-FIR 2x4s (the crummy, knotty, rounded corner ones from HD) for a Paul Sellers style benchtop and I have a couple of questions.

    1) How straight and flat do the board faces (the sides that will be glued together) need to be in order to be clamped together tightly enough to form a solid benchtop? I’ve noticed that most of my…[Read more]

  • Thanks @gman3555 for your response. Sorry that it took me a couple of days to come back with these, I had some technical difficulties transferring the files around. I think you may be right about there being a slight rounding to the tip of the chip breaker. Does it need to come to a sharp edge like a blade?

    Also, I noticed that the spot on the…[Read more]

  • I received my No 4 Stanley just over a week ago and have it fettled and sharpened and I am now using it to plane 2x4s for the laminated top of a Paul Sellers style bench. I am making progress, but I am also having a few issues that I was hoping someone might have some advice on how to correct:

    1) Fairly often, wood will become lodged between the…[Read more]

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  • Great points. Thanks again!

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