Welcome to my Woodworking Blog - She Works Wood. Below are pictures of what I'm working on or have completed. I hope you enjoy the pictures and commentary, Marilyn in Seattle.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fun with Scrubby, Jack and John

Well, I have to admit it, I was dreading flattening the new workbench top. But it turned out to be kinda fun. With aid of Scubby (the wooden scrub plane), I was able remove all the high spots from the top. Then Jack (the shorter Jack plane, of course) leveled things out.

Last, the jointer plane made it all flat and pretty. There are still a few scrubby tracks that need to be removed, but I'll get to those later. For now I have a really nice and flat top to start making my drawers and wall cabinet on. Yippee!

Here's the finished product:


  1. I bet you can crush walnuts in that face vise. That looks awesome. Great work!

  2. What a great blog site, I love the old photos.
    Marie, aka. sawdusty

  3. Thanks, Marie. You must be in the handtool school crowd?

  4. Right you are, Handtool School and Woodwhisperer guild member. I really need to get off my duff and build a workbench. At the moment I'm using a workmate to hold my work piece for hand tools but one I put on the pressure the workmate goes for a walk. anyway keep up the good work. Maybe I see you at the live demo tomorrow, should be interesting.
    Marie in Altadena, CA

  5. I'll be there! I actually built this bench with an MDF top first and then the MDF started to sag. I wanted to start using planes, so I just pulled the top off and put a new one on.

    Not sure that'll work in your set up. ;)