My Take on a Woodworking Bench #1: Sorting through the pile

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Blog entry by Class1E posted 12-28-2012 11:32 PM 1408 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started work on my bench today. I’ve had the Douglas Fir purchased from Home Depot waiting for this in my basement since July, so it should be well acclimated. Of course i would love to have a hard maple bench, but I want to learn on something a little more…economical.

The boards in the photos are 2×8x6’, cut at the store from 2×8x12’ boards. That was necessary in order to fit them in my car. Six feet is about the max with the pass-through ot the trunk open and the passenger seat moved all the way ahead. A larger vehicle would be nice, but for now, I’ll work with what I have. Besides, this car is a lot more fun than a pickup truck!

Most of the boards were still very straight. The rest will require a little work. I haven’t decided if I want to do a split top or one solid slab. I’m leaning towards a split top just because it will be easier to deal with than a solid slab.
I spent today sorting through the wood, removing staples, etc, and starting to square up the boards. The 2×8s are ~7” wide, so I’m going to shoot for a final thickness of 3” to 3-1/8” so I can get two layers of the lamination from each board. The top of the bench will be ~72” x 28”. I’m planning to have a leg vise (still investigating design) and probably dual wagon vises. I’ll be fabricating the vises myself, and I have enough acme threaded rod for a leg vise, two wagon vises, and an add-on Moxon vise (to come later).

-- Brady

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 12:12 AM

Home Depot lumber is in my price range, and I am needing a workbench too. So, I will be watching your blog.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 02:45 AM

In a few years a pickup will be a lot more FUN. Good luck on your workbench.

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 05:45 AM

Good luck with the bench, should be a solid build!

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 03:26 AM

Like yourself, I’m collecting the materials to make my first “proper bench” I think thats what they call it. Anyway, I go through LJ’s vast collection of different ideas of what constitutes solid construction of said work bench. Still sorting through different designs and will be watching yours for more ideas. Good luck !

-- " My favorite Place in Life, The Shop "

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