Here’s the outside of the top all scraped smooth:
I made this contraption for drilling out the back. I think it was set at about 5/32″.
Starting to remove the excess:
Just some dimples left. Next thing is to buy or make a thickness gauge.
I’d been putting off buying a thickness caliper, because they are so expensive. The other day I noticed that Menards sells dial gauges for $30, so I decided to make my own.
I used a deep C-clamp for the frame. Just take the screw out, and drill it to fit the gauge. Then drill another hole on the bottom for a post. I just used super glue to hold the pieces together. Some pics:
So I saved about $90.
Here I’ve switched to a flatter gouge and removed almost all the way to the bottom of the dimples. I’ll use scrapers for the rest