But what else is new?
Less than a week after swearing off the old planing slab, I decided to rehab it anyway. I need a suitable work surface for the upcoming workbench build, and it just so happens that my best option had been lurking in the background of the shop.
It also just so happens that I need a pair of sturdy sawhorses as well. So when I stumbled upon some awesome internet plans for Japanese-style saw horses, I knew it was time to get the slab back in shape. After flattening and straightening by hand (seen above), the slab was skip-planed to just over 2 7/16″ thickness.
With a usable work surface of 71 1/4″ x 12 1/4″ (net of the heavy roundovers hiding some edge fracturing that occurred during flattening), the slab is not quite full size for a Japanese-style workbench (at least not according to this article). But it should be good enough for preparing the legs and rails for the new workbench. I even reinstalled the inset vise.
In lieu of a joined planing stop, I utilize an aluminum planing stop like the one I currently use on my smaller maple slab. I also think I’ll skip the sliding dovetail on the cleat and just friction fit a cleat into a dado (with some beefy screws as reinforcement). Seems like the sensible thing to do.
One day, I may lag bolt the slab to a trestle base and add a tool tray, but in the meantime, I just need some Douglas Fir 4×4’s for the new saw horses.