|Less than 1/8" from top of vise to top of bench|
|The end vise has more space - about 3/16"|
I started by penciling lines on the top to help gauge progress.
|Penciled lines across top|
|The Lie-Nielsen #8|
|Large gap around removable center board|
I started planing straight across the benchtop to get a feel for where the high spots were and quickly found some. After leveling that out a bit I used diagonal strokes first from right to left, then from left to right.
|A low area at front section of bench where I do a lot of pounding;|
not sure why the rear section was low there
|Checking for high spots|
|Used a smoother to remove the high spots|
|Using a 24" straightedge and a 48" level as winding sticks|
|There was minimal twist - not enough for me to worry about|
|Last was a little scraping to remove any planing marks and fuzzy bits|
|Vise chops re-installed and the bench is looking good!|
I've got a question for anyone who has read this far. Like all garages should, my garage slopes down towards the garage door. So while my benchtop is parallel to the floor, it's not level to the ground. I could fix this by lifting the left end a little. Is it important to you that your workbench be level to the ground?