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In these video episodes Rob re-flattens and restores the top of his hand-tool workbench. The workbench is the hand-tool woodworkers most important tool and the top of the workbench must be perfectly flat so it can be used as a reference surface. The problem is that wood moves with temperature and humidity changes so any traditionally made workbench will go “out of flat” and must be re-flattened back to a reference surface. It’s a task that needs to be done every couple of years, assuming you have a traditionally laminated wood bench-top.

  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Number of Episodes: 3
  • Skills taught: Flattening wide panels with a jointer plane; Free-hand sharpening; Reading winding sticks; applying a tung-oil finish

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8