It’s not an exciting process to write a blog post about, so here is the gist of it. I have four slabs of poplar to contend with for my trestles. I have already cut these slabs to rough length and began the process by rigging up a way to hold them on the bench. Nothing fancy. I have a center board on my bench that can be raised to create a stop and one end of the slab can butt up against the planing stop of the bench. To secure the other end of the slab, I simply screwed a block of wood to my bench. That’s one of the nice things about having a simple bench. I have no qualms about screwing or nailing stuff to it if the need arrises.
The actual process is simple. Flatten a side, square an edge to that side. To flatten a side I begin by working across the grain, then diagonally and finally with the grain.
I test for flat with my long straight edge.
Then test for any twist with winding sticks.
Then make corrections as needed and square a long edge to my freshly flattened side.
Then mark for width.
Then gauge for final thickness, trim and tackle the opposite face.
It’s a good bit of work, but a rewarding process. So over the course of several days I managed to complete all four slabs.
Next up is the layout. Then I’ll start drilling holes and fitting legs.