Let me start with the following disclaimer: “I understand that cypress is not the ideal lumber for a bench top. Please don’t try to persuade me to not do this. It has started and there is no turning back.”
I picked up some 6” x 6” rough cut cypress in Florida. I’m gonna attempt it all with hand tools. I live in New Orleans and my shop is not air conditioned. I can get about an hour of hand planing done before I’m too hot to continue. Check out the pics of my progress so far.
Just arrived home with the goods.
The work has begun!!
Wow!! It is sooo Hot in here. This my first joint laying side by side. I will get them all planed straight before I do any gluing.
Thanks for reading. The more I work this stuff the more I like it. Cypress gets a bad reputation. I think the top will be sufficient when it gets a few coats of BLO on it. I might need to fill some cracks with resin. The grain direction is really crazy in this stuff. I’m not gonna worry myself with a little tear out here and there. I hope to be posting some completed benchtop photos soon.
-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans