Once I had my two larger bench sections glued up I ran them through the planer…
And chopped the ends square
I used my biscuit jointer to align the two laminated “slabs,” since after this glue up it will be too big to run through my thickness planer:
Two slabs glued up:
And now glued up with the tool tray:
I spent $18.00 on 4×6 and 2×6 Doug Fir for the base at Home Depot:
A little shaping of the feet on the bandsaw, and oak pads added:
Mortise cut on the RAS (I do it this way because it is fast)
The assembled base (screws and glue… but the screws are well hidden)
A little preview of the whole thing together with the huge old Craftsman vice from the flea market:
By the way, the base alone is MASSIVE. It will weigh a ton with the solid oak top sitting on it.
The top will still get wide edges that wrap around all four sides. This will give the sides more surface area as well as make the top look more substantial (the base won’t look so disproportionately huge.)
I haven’t decided whether to stain or paint the base (maybe black?)... or leave it natural. I think something darker would look nice and de-emphasize the fact that I used construction-grade lumber.
Also, what kind of finish do I use on the oak top? Just oil?
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