After letting the lumber I purchased get happy in my garage shop for the past 2 weeks, and playing around with and debating over various bench designs, I’ve officially started the process of building my new workbench. I decided on building a Nicholson-style workbench similar to the one in Chris Schwarz’s book. This weekend, began the process by milling up the stock for the bench legs and aprons. The leg blanks ended up at 2.5+ inches thick and 5 inched wide. The aprons have been milled down to 1.25 inches thick and will end up 6 feet long and 10 inches wide when I finally get them cut to final dimensions.
After milling, dimensioning and laminating the leg blanks and planing the 2×12’s for the aprons, I realized a few things:
1) The adage that you can never have too many clamps is so very true. I had to use every clamp in my shop to put adequate clamping pressure on the 4 leg blank laminations.
2) I discovered that I really like using hardwood handscrew clamps. I bought some 8” and 12” handscrews from Harbor Freight tools when I got a really good internet coupon. I was able to put some really apply some serious clamping pressure with them.
3) Planing 8 foot long, southern yellow pine 2×12’s by myself with a Ryobi 13” portable planer is a major pain in the butt.
4) After planing so much lumber without dust collection, that is definitely the next item on my wish list.
-- Josh....in Nashville, TN