Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Planar planing

Whether because of my progressive lenses or inexperience, I was having trouble satisfying myself with winding sticks that the tops of the side boards were in the same plane.  So, as a doublecheck, I stretched string tightly across the diagonals and was relieved to find that they intersected in the middle without deflection.  The last thing I want to do is remove a lot of material from the top, so I think this is a critical step.  Not sure if you can see the string:

As you can see from the shavings, I did have to remove some material to get the side boards in the same plane.

I made the transverse bearers today, but didn't get them installed.  I settled on seven:

I did some testing with a dead blow hammer and a block.  It seems really solid.


  1. That is gonna be one crazy stout workbench! Looking good!

  2. I want to build a Nicholson NOW!
    Awesome job so far Andy. Like the color of your tool chest also...

  3. Andy, the bench is coming along very nicely. Your documentation of the project is excellent. Thank you.

  4. This is the most robust Nicholson that I have seen to date.