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thriving vallejo series: yeah!// remedial work.
I noticed that my workbench maple top has warped over the years. It's only a problem when I do big work. I got an order for 9 big pieces, so it was time to straighten things out. Standing at the workbench, the front right corner had come up about 3/16", so I got out a plane and started reducing the surface. It took about an hour. Some of the glue build up I had to cut off using a small adze. The bench is heavily scarred from all the stuff I have made on it, except where I planed all that away last night.
There must have been some stress in the maple counter top I had purchased in 1975 to make my workbench, and soon a crack developed on the right side, which I fixed with a large butterfly cut from hard osage orange wood. The stress continued on to eventually warp the whole top. There's my new plane, and my very old Opinel knife - precious because 40 years ago when I got it, the blades were high carbon steel and hold a very sharp edge. I trued things up with my long straight edge, and I'm ready to go, although my shoulders feel the exertion from all the planing.
I mentioned I wanted to show some more workshop pictures, so here are some:
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I know this picture will appeal to two of you. You know who you are. (