Finishing one side of the top

This past week I finished laminating the top and got one side of it pretty well flat. Some of my theories about the lamination proved wrong but Im relatively happy with how it turned out. The last glue up went pretty well…

My theory had been that doing the laminations in small pieces would be a better approach since I could use more clamps across the lamination. Turns out that what I was doing was creating very large rigid pieces of wood that were less likely to bend while clamping. In other words, I was making things harder for myself. If I had done a larger glue up like last time (perhaps in two pieces) I would have spread the smaller inconsistencies out so they were less noticeable and then I could have jointed the edge to make it smooth for the final glue up. Oh well – you live and you learn. At any rate this is what it looked like after clamping…

Not too bad. But if you look more closely, you can see I still have some work to do in order to get the thing flat…

The first step was to use a scrub plane to get things flattish fast…

This was pretty easy to do. I think sometimes people think hand planing can take days to remove material. Quite the opposite. With a scrub plane I was taking off massive shavings and it went super quick. Didnt take long to get to this…

And then this…

And then a final hit with a number 3 gave me this…

Glass smooth. It’s crazy how smooth you can get things with a plane. Way way way smoother than with sand paper. So now Im going to start the other side and maybe start gluing up some pieces for the legs here this coming week.

The above work was probably a total of 3 hours of work. I for sure spent more time than that down in the basement this past week, but I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to flatten the bottom of my #8 jointer. I must have put 3 hours into that as well and it’s still not perfectly flat. I ordered some Klingspor bonus boxes of sand paper hoping that I’ll get something that will work well for smoothing. More on that next week when it arrives 🙂

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