The problem was I was so amazed at how well that vintage scrub worked that I couldn't put it down.
|Getting started with my scrub.|
First, plane one side of the board flat. I took some really thick shavings with my jack plane to clean up one side. I backed the blade off a bit to work it down to a perfectly flat surface.
Second, run a marking gauge all around all four edges of the board (using the flat face to reference the fence of your gauge) to indicate the thickness you want the board to be. The first one I did was about 1 3/8", so I marked it down to a little over 7/8". Plane a chamfer on one long edge of the board that goes down to this mark. This will help support the wood and prevent blow out.
|Mraked for thickness and a chamfer to prevent blow out.|
|One pass with this aggressive plane.|
Once you are down as close as you dare with this plane, it is time to clean up all of those crazy waves with your jack plane. A few minutes with an aggressive cut and I was very close to my line. I backed off to a fine cut for the last few passes, ensuring everything was square, flat and true.
This took less that 15 minutes, from start to finish. Way faster than I expected. Indeed, this was so much fun, I had to do the next one with this scrub, too.
This piece was from a different board which was a little thicker. I also decided to take it down to a true 3/4" just to see if I could. The first piece will be the back rail, and won't get in the way of anything if it is a little thicker than the side rails.
|A bit more to plane off this time.|
|Before and after.|
After today, I will have one more side rail and the drawer front to thickness in this manner, and I will have all of the stock for this Shaker side table processed by hand. The thing that took the longest was the legs, due to the fact that I couldn't get straight, clear stock in thin boards to cut them out as CS recommends in his DVD. That would have saved me about eight hours of labor. I cut them out of much thicker stock to ensure I could get the bastard grain on all four legs.
All of this work probably seems unnecessary to someone with a tablesaw and a thickness planer. I am not so lucky. I did want to try doing this entire project by hand without taking my wood to another shop for machining, though. So far it has been successful, albeit a bit slower. I am sure I'll get faster over time, but for now I want to ensure accuracy.
Next time, I hope to show some progress on the joinery.
P.S.: There was a request f\or a better view of my grinder, so here it is:
|See, hand cranked!|