Having completed the milling of stock for a pair of pine benches, I was left with a thin but usable length of clear, dry pine. I thought it would make a nice bottom to the box, and give me a chance to use the plough plane I acquired last year. I milled the scrap board down to just over 1/4”, and started making grooves with the plough plane. Nice hand cut grooves. The grooving operation also emphasized how much I need to finish these sawbenches and get a proper workbench put together.
Milling stock by machine isn’t particularly enjoyable work, but it’s the most expedient way to get to the finer operations that matter, and are much more gratifying to do by hand.