as I don't have a garage or decent shed.. this plane is going to be built
in the basement! I
know it wont be the first and it certainly wont be the last to be
built that way, there are great merits to building in the
basement... just never do anything with fiberglass!! ooo noooo!!
But Again, I wasn't sure which way up to do
this so I started at the bottom and worked my way up. Sounds logical but
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Wednesday April 16 2003
is finally completed.. I bowed to
financial pressure and went with the 3/4" chip board.. Still,
it came out pretty good and I am pleased with the results. I adapted the
model that Carlos Gurr used with his fold away table. Cross braces are
Here are a few shots of
progress and completion, as usual.. click on the picture to enlarge
The basic frame.
...and then some legs
and it's flat..
I constructed this totally
single handed but I would recommend when fitting the legs to bring a
helper (assuming you do it the way I did). I installed the legs on one
side whilst the bench was propped up against the wall, once they were
screwed tight I let it down onto the 3 legs, then crawled underneath and
lay on my back and with my hands and feet managed to lift the legless side
up and prop it with another leg. This took 3 attempts.. as there is quite
a bit of lumber to lift. In the end I kinda got mad and it WAS going to
happen.. I think I heard every bone in my back crack as I took the
weight.. feels great now :o) ..and once I managed to get one
leg underneath it was easy getting the other legs in place. I think it
bows in the center about 1/16" but with a spare piece of 1/16"
ply under the middle leg it turned out great. I was tempted to go with 8
legs but I believed I could coax it into shape easier if it was not flat..
I was right too.. I have to say, had the floor been flat I wouldn't have
needed the sliver of ply. (well I would say that wouldn't I???)
Saturday April 05 2003
returned with a vengeance!! I was going to
get some screws and the rest of the wood to complete my bench frame this
weekend but there is 3" of ice on everything.. then it snowed on top
of that.. I suppose I could make the necessary adjustments to
my rib jig and figure out how I am going to to the lower ribs. I feel
another question to the group
coming on!! I also think I will be surfacing it with 3/4 ply.. it's
expensive but tough and flat. Still not quite decided though!
March 29 2003
I finally found two 12 foot lengths
of straight wood for my workbench at Lowes, I also purchased 3x 8'x2"x4" for
the legs and a tester for the cross members.. In a way, this is one
of the most crucial parts of building the plane. Everything has to be flat
and square. I'm still not sure what to surface it with yet though.. I know
what I would like, but the plywood is way to expensive. I did see some
chip board at around 15 bucks a sheet though I'm not sure it wont need
surfacing with something else in addition... I will see.
I also plan on making a miter
saw bench using the 4'x4' cut off from the bench surfacing wood.. I only
have a rough Idea what I want but have sketched out a plan.. if it turns
out ok I will put the plans on here.
a picture of the basement as it was before I started planning anything.
Big changes abound.. I need to clear stuff out, build the bench and
arrange my tools At the start of this project we will only have been in
the house 3 months so I think I did well to stake claim to this much
space.. kinda functional but not too practical as it is
As soon as I finish my little
Christmas project I will re-arrange everything. The bench (to be built
yet) will go on the right and the power tools will go on the left. The
center section will be to store the fuse when it is built and I will have
the table saw in the middle at this end to give me more space for ripping
the wood. I plan on blanking this end off to keep the dust away from my
computer (just visible on the right there) and a door in the middle will
allow me to rip long pieces.
Ok, you have to use your
imagination a little but it will be fine.