I was having trouble using a hand plane to flatten my workbench top. The plane was having tear-out, and despite trying a backbevel, the blade continued to tear out. This is my first time trying a hand plane, I basically don’t know what I’m doing. I decided to try the router sled method to flatten it.
I looked all around online at the different cross cut sleds that people were making. I really liked the Nick Ferry video, his sled really looked awesome, and he explained how to make it really well. I went ahead and purchased his plans as well. You can also check out his plans here: https://nickferry.com/product/table-saw-cross-cut-miter-sled/
Here’s a link to Nick’s how to make video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtwK9X8o1Gw
I needed help supporting my maple lumber when ripping it on the table saw. These were unsurfaced 8/4 boards (2″ thick), 9 to 12″ wide, and ten or eleven feet long. To rip these by myself, I needed something like this to support the board coming into the saw, and on the outfeed side. The outfeed side in my case for a board this long actually has to go out my open shop door, and down a step, so it needs to adjust to fit the saw height when sitting down a step. I needed something that would fold up for easier storage.
I’m ready to attach the top to the base finally of my Roubo style workbench. This is based on the one in Chris Schwarz’s book. I’m making it out of hard maple. Most of the techniques I’m using are new to me, so I’m learning a lot, and it is a lot of fun too.
Trying to use the diamond plates, or stones if you have those, without a way to hold them in place is a pain. I quickly decided to make a holder for my DMT Diamond plates. Several of the ones I saw online used a chisel to dig a slot into the plywood base for the plate to rest in. I thought it would be far easier to just glue on some thin plywood strips, as my chisel skills aren’t the greatest. I used 3/4″ plywood as a base, and thin strips of 1/4″ baltic birch plywood around the stones. Dimensions weren’t critical, I have the 8″ plates, it depends on what stones or plates you have as to how big you will make yours. Also, yours may only hold three plates, it just depends on how many plates or stones you will be wanting to hold.
I just got a used Stanley #7 plane from eBay, these planes are also known as jointer planes. With their long base, they can make a very straight edge in wood, or flatten a large piece of wood. In my case, I’ll be using it to flatten my work bench top. From my research, this is a Type 15 plane, made in either 1931 or 1932. Buying a used plane I think saved me some money. The newer Stanley planes aren’t rated high on Amazon, and have plastic handles. Some say they take a lot of work to flatten and get everything right, as Stanley isn’t producing a quality product any more. Apparently the older ones were better, so I decided to go that way. There are other very nice planes you can get from Lie Nielsen or a Veritas from Lee Valley Tools. The prices for those higher end planes are a lot more.
Both wooden handles seem in great shape. I’d say there was some rust that someone cleaned off. There were a couple areas on the bottom where a tiny lump of metal was protruding, and would scratch whatever I was smoothing. The blade had lots of small dings in it, and seemed to be sharpened at a very shallow angle.