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Blog entry by CypressAndPine posted 07-16-2013 08:15 AM 2877 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Rough Cut

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

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#1 posted 07-16-2013 09:41 AM

Jacob, congrats on your bench build!

I like cypress, and it would seem to be a good wood for a bench. Especially at 6×6!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 07-16-2013 11:36 AM

Nice big timbers. Should be solid and sturdy.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 04:23 PM

We have to roll with what we have, I had a bunch of pressure treated pine left over and that’s what I used. Of course mine is just an assembly table; ain’t perfectly flat but darn close.
I added a quick release front vise and dog holes last week, cuz I need it.
BTW I grew up in Mandeville. :-)

-- Mike

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 04:42 PM

That’s going to be a heavy bench. I hope it works out well for you.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 06:15 PM

You don’t have to justify anything – it’s YOUR bench. Hand planing all that rough timber in the heat will certainly be a workout. Stay hydrated.

Post more; I look forward to seeing the progress.

-- Dave K.

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#6 posted 07-17-2013 01:45 AM

You’ll get no argument from me on Cypress. That is going to be a beautiful bench.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 07-18-2013 03:38 AM

Thanks for the encouragement from all. I should be ready to glue up the top in a couple more days. I’m gluing 4 of the beams together. It will be about 26” wide. It will probably take 4 people to move it. Then starts the task of flattening it all.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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