I just put the last coat of tung oil on my new workbench. The bench is
all hand-planed maple. My forearms are buff now (: )) I used the
Veritas Deluxe Kit, with a 2" thick laminated maple slab, but had to
reflatten the top when I gouged out the outside edges when planing the
skirts flush. The rest of the bench is rock maple.
Here are my concerns, mainly to do with flatness. I am a newcomer, so
please tell me if I am being unnecessarily retentive. The amount of
work (not to mention $$) I have put into this has me really, really
uneasy. I guess I am hoping for someone to tell me its okay, but I
want the truth so I can learn from my mistakes. I tried to get the top
perfectly flat, but I just seemed to be "planing in place", as it
were-- the lows stayed low and the highs stayed high-- I just made a
lot of shavings.
The following is a list of the inacuracies. I did not have an accurate
straightedge larger than my 12" starrett, so that may have been part
of the problem. I would really appreciate any comments from veterans
here! Thanks a lot. I have learned quite a bit from this group.
TOP TEN PROBLEMS WITH MY BENCH (a partial list)
1. .013" off down 1/2 of center (the tool well is in the middle of
2. R corner of front slab off by .013"
3. Most pieces are out of square and/or off length very slightly (not
4. Slight variations along top by as much as .013"
5. Back right corner of skirt is off by .02"
6. 50% of screw holes holding the tool well bottom on are stripped,
so the tool well is just a little loose.
7. Base is out of square by at least 3 degrees.
8. Because of planing the top so much, the rear slab up to 1/8" off in
thickness in some areas (not a 1/8" depression-- just measuring the
9.Skirts are out of square to the top, leaving a .02" gap in many
places when holding a a square to it.
10. It's not perfect, damnit!