Cypress Workbench #1: Finally getting started!!

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Blog entry by CypressAndPine posted 05-16-2014 06:18 PM 1580 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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My workbench project was put on hold a while back. A new baby is more important than a woodworking hobby. I am now back in the shop and ready to get a workbench built. My original plan was to use the big cypress beams as a benchtop. This isn’t gonna happen because they are just too heavy to deal with. I just bought some cheap 2×4’s and laminated them together. I don’t have expensive clamps and there are some small gaps in places. Oh well, it isnt fine furniture.

I’m sure everyone has seen the videos about how easy it is to flatten a benchtop by hand. I’m here to personally say that it is a lot of hard work. I eventually cambered a blade for my jointer plane and started removing a lot of wood, but it is still a lot of work. The next picture shows the top is flattened. There is still some work to be done with my smoother.

It is finally time to start on the legs and frame. These cypress beams have been sitting for almost two years now and they are still very moist on the inside. There is some cracking on the outside, but I’m going for it. Here is a pic of the hand chopped mortises for the legs and the cross beams that will be close to the floor. I also made that big oak mallet from a live oak limb I had to cut off my tree in the back yard. Those beetle holes will make a fine blister b4 you will ever chop through 6.25” of moist cypress.

And here are the tenons hand sawn with my trusty Gyokochu Ryoba Saw.

Next are the dovetail shaped tenons that will protrube through the top.

Thanks for watching!! I take any and all advice, suggestions, and criticism as helpful. I’m a newbie just playin in the shop and I can always use some help. I’m at work in Africa currently and can’t wait to get back home and make some more progress on this thing.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 11:04 PM

Great start, going to be very sturdy indeed

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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