Workbench – flatten & finish

With the tops done and vises fitted, I screwed the top onto the leg frames using lag bolts. Wedges were cut for the stretchers and hammered home.

I then hauled out the old workbench and brought the new one to its new home.

Then I took off the rear bench top and set about planing the front section flat.


I couldn’t wait to put some finish on it and drowned the top with some Watco Danish Oil. This was let to soak in for a half hour, wiped clean, applied again and then wiped off.


The back section was screwed back on again and then was matched to the front by running a straight edge from one to the other.


A scrub plane as used to remove the high spots and then flattened with the smoothing plane.


The whole bench was then given a coat of Danish Oil and left to dry.



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