Back to the workshop (workbench III)

Second lamination
Second lamination

I’m back to the workshop after an hiatus. I’ve had back problems for a long time, but in February I realised I would not be able to just up and get into woodworking with hand tools in my current condition. It hurt.

I’m no spring chicken either so things are only downhill from here, at least if I do nothing.

I decided to get a gym subscription, I have a small gym next door so that’s convenient. I hesitated for a long time since I have a long commute and this is only gonna cut my free time even further, but I could not continue this way.

It’s now been more than 4,5 months of weight training about twice a week. After two months I could already dig in the garden for several hours at a time, while before that I couldn’t dig out a single clump of grass. With the frenzy of spring I’ve mostly spent my weekends working outside.

I also noticed an increase in energy levels, and I could discontinue my vertigo medication and the magnesium I took for muscle spasms. Now the energy levels have gone down a little from the antihistamines I’m taking for my newfound hay fever (wtf), which I’m already weaning off.

So today I decided I had the time and motivation to go upstairs and work a bit with wood.

First I spent some time restoring my new (old) Record No.5. The tote and knob are shellacked and firmly on and I’ve made good progress shaping the blade which was in really ugh condition. I tired of that, I find it a very hard job. My upper body is very small and my jewellery bench where I’m sharpening is tall, so even standing on some stuff I can’t really put much strength and weight on it. It’s enough to make my forearms and fingers complain though. So I left that for the day and moved on to the workbench.

Nice polished brass screw. I removed the old varnish from the knob since it was chipped, but the tote was just a little crazed so it just got lightly sanded and shellacked.

I spent several hours planning away and piling shavings around my ankles. I’ve done a terrible job of it to be honest, but I hope this is good practice. At least the blade of my wooden jack plane is at a point where I can easily sharpen it and it works very well. It’s gonna be a shabby workbench, and half the wood I bought is gonna end up as shavings, but if anything in the house can be shabby, it’s the workbench I suppose. It just needs to be sturdy, heavy and end up flat and level. Right?

I only got to glue two worktop boards together and there’s gaps. I swear it looked better during the glue rehearsal. How lame.


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