Hello! My bench has been a slow build. But… I’m taking my time with it. I don’t want to get in a hurry.
I have to admit that I got a little intimidated by this project. Until now I’ve been dealing with smaller boards and projects that were pretty simple. Most of my boards have been salvaged from pallets and have been pine. This time I had these big 8’ rough cut cherry boards. For a long time those three boards just sat in my shop while I wondered what I’d do next. Finally… I jumped in and threw the first one up on my bench and got my circular saw out. But… I quickly decided that I wanted to do a test cut on another scrap before I cut into the cherry.
I got a board I knew was straight and clamped it on the end of my scrap board. I also clamped the board to my work bench. (I say scrap… but later I found that it was ash. And that I had been given about 6-7 of these boards. All of which were about 8’ long. Plus some other thinner boards. But that’s another story.)
So… I got an inch into the cut… and my circular saw died! <<<sigh>>> I was so disappointed.
Right about then my mom pulled into my drive and walked into my garage. She asked why I was aggravated. I explained to her. She said “get in my truck”.
Off to Lowe’s we went. And this is what we came home with.
Man… I had this little baby circular saw all this time. I didn’t realize what I was missing till I powered this bad boy up. I love it. It works really great. So my mom bought this for me. In exchange… she wanted me to build her an end table/nightstand. So be looking for that project to be showing up soon.
Sidenote…. A couple days later I found a big pile of 2×3’s that someone was giving away. I snagged a couple and was going to go back to get the ones that were too long to fit in my van (yes, they were that long). I grabbed my old circular saw. Put the freshly charged battery on it and headed to the van. For some reason…. probably just to hear it run, lol… I turned it on. It ran for about 15 seconds and then died. Haven’t been able to get the thing to come back on again. :(
Anyways…. I love my Porter Cable circular saw. It’s not that often that I needed something that was cordless. And this thing works great! LOVE IT!
So… I threw my board up on the workbench again. I also picked up a Kreg jig. This worked much easier. This little jig made it super easy to keep my cuts straight. I’m really glad I picked it up. If you see a contraption on my saw… it’s not part of this jig. I had borrowed a different Kreg Jig from a friend and tried it. I actually like this little plastic one a lot better. And it was a lot cheaper. This time… I went straight for the cherry.
And in no time at all I had all my boards rough cut to length.
I don’t know if you guys usually plane down the boards before you cut them to length. I went ahead and cut them down to a more manageable length to put through the planer. I don’t have a lot of outfeed support so this worked much better for me.
Moving right along now. :)