Planing Your Workbench Flat

I decided to plane my workbench recently and thought I would give everyone a few ideas about the process I use. The workbench top is made from 2 x 6's cut in half and laminated together. It is about 6 feet long and 2 feet wide.

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15 Comments

  1. But what about the final result? You left us hanging (haha). Nice tip and
    hope it came out well for you!

  2. Nice job Linn, hope it came out well.

  3. Great information. That looks like way too much fun. I threw a piece of
    hardboard on top of mine after I flattened the top and just put on a new
    piece when the old one gets beat up. The current top has been on there 3
    years now but I really don’t dig into the top anyway.

  4. Great video, Linn, but I wish it had been longer. I am currently dealing
    with a bench that is not even close to flat, and need to do something about
    it. Maybe another video, pt 2. :)

  5. ShopDawgWoodworking

    I hate an uneven work surface. Good job. 

  6. Hi, Linn. Your planer looks very sharp. What´s the secret? I have a hand
    planer but don´t know how to sharpening it very well. Will you apply some
    finish on the top of your workbench? Very nice video, as always. Thanks for
    sharing.

  7. +Paul Meyette Thanks Paul!

  8. +Jim Coogan I’ve done that on other worktables and I do like how easy it is
    to change, and put a new fresh piece of hardboard on!

  9. +bill88wins99 Thanks Bill. Something to think about 🙂

  10. +ShopDawgWoodworking Me too! Thanks!

  11. +Marcelo Freitas Well, I just sharpen the blade from time to time. I should
    do a video on how I do that. I’m not sure if I’ll put a finish on. In the
    past I’ve put linseed oil on, and I might do that. I’m also debating about
    maybe even putting polyurethane to get a finish I can clean up easier – but
    we’ll see!

  12. Good tip Linn. One of these days I’ll have to build a traditional bench.

  13. Also… Good preparation for times where a good punch to the face is
    necessary (for self defense of course). Love your videos. Thanks for
    sharing.

  14. You’ve check flatness across from side to side, now check from end to end
    and corner to corner. Has it got twist in it? Got winding sticks?

  15. Actually, in my opinion anyway, the workbench top *is* the place to go
    crazy when leveling and smoothing. A large worktop that’s absolutely flat
    will help me speed up my work a lot, even if they do demand a lot of time
    up front.

    Starting a project? Place a board on the top, and I’ll know immediately if
    it’s twisted. I can spot the high spots and how bad the bowing is. Cups
    will also be immediately measureable, and I can decide whether I want to
    plane out the cup or rip the board in two, plane the edges square, then
    glue them back together.

    Having a really smooth top means I can use it as a six foot long shooting
    board, making it great for jointing edges. I still have so much to learn,
    so having these reference areas are really a great help.

    But, that’s just my style, different strokes for different folks I guess.
    Thanks for the vid, it made me think.

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