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Workbench #2: Milling the Wood

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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 09-02-2010 05:29 AM 2119 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting Started Part 2 of Workbench series Part 3: AAAHHH!!! My Top!!! »

I have just started and am already realizing that this is going to take a looong time. This is the first large project I have taken on that requires all the material to be milled. I usually use a good bit of plywood because the real stuff is so expensive. On top of that, when my buddy Anthony asked me what size I wanted I said “just make it all 5/4”. I quickly realized how dumb that was ‘cause now I have to glue three pieces together for all the leg assemblies instead of two.
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One of the first things I did was rip all the pieces for the top. I just wanted to see how much wood I needed to bring in. I then ripped and started milling the pieces for the base. After a day or two of working on the base pieces I took a look at the top and some of those started warping on me. I hadn’t taken the time to let the wood acclimate because I figured I was only moving the wood about a hundred yards from where it had been for a year. After seeing the warpage (I don’t know if that is a word) my son and I quickly jointed, planed and glued the top into four pieces. Man, I hope that doesn’t come back to bite me later.
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After we got the top glued up I went back to the base. It took a lot of time to get all that material glued together. Mainly because I had to take such light passes with the planer. If you have never worked with pecan let me tell you it is just about as hard as hickory.
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My son Levi really helped with all the mill work and stuff. While he is at school I continue with the joinery.
Here I am getting ready to start chopping.
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I’ve got my jig ready and away I go.
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Getting the tenons just right is pretty tedious. (I love it!)
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Oh so nice!
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One down FIFTEEN to go.
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Well that is it. Ya’ll are all caught up with me now. Hopefully I will get enough done so that I can post another next week.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia



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RonPeters

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 05:46 AM

It seems the first photobucket links (of each set posted) aren’t working, but the 2nd links do?

I can see that the ‘link’ part is skewed a bit to the right. Not sure how you can correct that.

Quite a bench you got going there!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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fernandoindia

1077 posts in 1695 days


#2 posted 09-02-2010 05:58 AM

Sorry Clay, I edited so I could see the photos. Hope ypu dont mind. Great project father & son.

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I have just started and am already realizing that this is going to take a looong time. This is the first large project I have taken on that requires all the material to be milled. I usually use a good bit of plywood because the real stuff is so expensive. On top of that, when my buddy Anthony asked me what size I wanted I said “just make it all 5/4”. I quickly realized how dumb that was ‘cause now I have to glue three pieces together for all the leg assemblies instead of two.

(I have two different legs here. I had to dbl up because I don’t have a lot of clamps.)

One of the first things I did was rip all the pieces for the top. I just wanted to see how much wood I needed to bring in. I then ripped and started milling the pieces for the base. After a day or two of working on the base pieces I took a look at the top and some of those started warping on me. I hadn’t taken the time to let the wood acclimate because I figured I was only moving the wood about a hundred yards from where it had been for a year. After seeing the warpage (I don’t know if that is a word) my son and I quickly jointed, planed and glued the top into four pieces. Man, I hope that doesn’t come back to bite me later.

(Here we are gluing as quick as we can.)

After we got the top glued up I went back to the base. It took a lot of time to get all that material glued together. Mainly because I had to take such light passes with the planer. If you have never worked with pecan let me tell you it is just about as hard as hickory.

(Here are a few of the pieces for the base.)

My son Levi really helped with all the mill work and stuff. While he is at school I continue with the joinery.

(Here I am getting ready to start chopping.)

(I’ve got my jig ready and away I go.)

(Getting the tenons just right is pretty tedious. (I love it

(Oh so nice

(One down FIFTEEN to go.)

-- Back home. Fernando

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grosa

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 06:09 AM

I took a pecan tree that had fallen down. It was 4’ in diameter and 150’ tall. I had to cut the tree in half and in 8’ lengths to get it on the semi. Pecan to me smells like a horse. I got 400 bf. Let it kiln dry for one month. Then I made a dining room set and 2 bedroom sets. It cost me $8000 to harvest that wood, 1 year to work it. (It chews up bits and blades like nothing) and I sold everything to one customer $58,000. To me, thats not allot of money for all the trouble I went through. It is more profitable to buy the lumber. Good luck with your project.

-- Have a great day.

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BigTiny

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 07:31 AM

Hi Grosa.

How come it cost you so much ($8,000 for 400 bf = $20 / bf)?

Hi Clay.

Keep up the good work. A sturdy, flat and heavy workbench is indispensable if you want to do stuff like you see every day here on LumberJocks. It looks like you’re well on your way.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Clay Ortiz

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 01:10 PM

Thanks for the comments and fixing the pictures! It was getting late last night so I gave up trying to fix it. Can you tell me how you did it so I can get it right next time?

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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fernandoindia

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 06:25 PM

Hi Clay, just send a PM

-- Back home. Fernando

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