I couldn’t take it any more. Our ikea cutting board looks like a potato chip. So tonight I looked at my cut off pile and found a 24 inch southern yellow pine 2×12 cut off from the bench aprons. It’s been sitting for over a year and had cupped a little. I started on the bench top with the planing stop but then I thought, what the heck try the vise. Ohh what a joy. My bench is only 5 feet long, but it’s heavy. 5 inch thick 24 inch wide top with laminated 2x6s legs and 2×12 aprons front and back. This is one of those times when you realize all the work making a proper bench was worth it. AND THE VISE! I’m so glad I went with the ten inch. It’s massive and has a huge depth. The leather on the jaws held the wood solid and I just went to town. 5 minutes and I had it flat and all the machine marks out. If you are thinking about a bench build, just do it. You won’t know what you’re missing or how much you struggle with work holding until you have one. It so hard to realize, but my bench and vise are probably my first and second most important hand tools.
Soon to be a cutting board. Oh yeah, I put trewax on this plane after scrubbing off all the rust and sharpening the blade. We’ll see how much rust protection I get. It took me longer to clean the plane than to flatten the board, man I love my vise.
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