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    Some Slab Benches




    Above benches by Mr. P. Krom!!


    I hope he dosen't mind me showing pictures of his handiwork.


    Mine will not be as nice, certainly not as pretty wood, but I hope to at least get close to the beautiful benches Mr Krom makes ;D


    The wood is from the Doug Fir log that I cut out on my electric chainsaw mill, I cut it in half, down to 90Cm or about 3' long.



    Fresh off the chainsaw mill, yep no ripping chain here, that is a ROUGH cut.



    This is where a scrub plane really shines, it removes a lot of wood in a hurry!



    Next up I use the #5 plane, 45° to the left, then 45° to the right, then with the grain lengthwise.



    The mighty #7 is up next to make sure it's all flat.


    Flip it over and repeat, making sure the board is also the same thickness as well.



    Then there were two



    It does make a bit of a mess to be sure ;D


    Next up I filled the loose knots with some epoxy, I'll plane those down once it cures.


    OK, on to the next step, the legs......


    I'm going to need to figure out how to drill a hole all the way through that slab.... ???
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    if i ever get caught up stu i got soe of that to do as well.. yours are coming along great. that looks like a 4.5 scrub??? i thought 4.5 are better for smoothing. the scrub i use is a 3 and i do have a 4s setup for it as well..
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    Looks good Stu!

    Can you go through how you used the scrub and smoothing planes for us "plane newbies". For the rough cuts (scrub) are you going across the grain too? What about with the smoothing plane?
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    What kind of finish did you use on these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Looks good Stu!

    Can you go through how you used the scrub and smoothing planes for us "plane newbies". For the rough cuts (scrub) are you going across the grain too? What about with the smoothing plane?
    Yes, you go across the grain with the scrub plane, if you went with it, you would tear out huge long chunks of wood, that would be BAD. By going across the grain, you tear out smaller chunks. With harder woods like Maple, a 45° plane of attack works well too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daris Robertson View Post
    What kind of finish did you use on these?
    The benches at the top of the page, the finished ones (the NICE ones) are not mine, they are a friend's work from another online forum. I think he does "a good soaking in BLO/Oil & thinner, and 2 or 3 coats of Oil Poly". I plan on following a similar finish regime.
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    Stu, I've made a number of simple stools and benches for my BIL's Viking reenactment group, with similarly angled and wedged legs through the seats. To make the holes, I just used a Forstner bit on the drill press, with a simple angled jig attached to the drill press table to make sure all the angles were consistent.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post

    I don't remember exactly why they were on the roof...I think we were trying to speed up the drying time of the finish.
    Good thing I read the last line. I was beginning to wonder why those Vikings held their meetings on the roof.
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    You are set up to be the bench king with that new chain saw rig. Are you leaving the notches in your tops for character or are you going to try and patch them?

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    Looks like a lot of fun there Stu
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    Nah. You had been sniffin' the fumes too much.......
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