Last Thanksgiving, I built a nice, sturdy little bench for me to work on while I set up my workshop. It’s now time to build a real, heavy-duty, woodworking bench that I can use to hold my pieces while I plane, etc.
I’m a novice. The desire to learn is there, and the patience to do things over (well…most of the time). I learn from my mistakes very well! I just keep finding new ones to make :)
So I sat down and read every internet article, forum post, magazine article and book I could get my hands on about workbench design. Yeah, that didn’t really do anything other than confuse me! But I did get an idea of what kind of bench would do well for the kind of work I want to do.
So it begins! I went and bought what seemed like a metric ton of wood and let it sit in my shop for a few weeks. Yesterday, the journey began with ripping the 2×8x8’ construction lumber (grade 2 D fir) in half to start my top.
Not much space to work, but it was fairly effortless to mark center, set up the saw guide, and rip with my circular saw. Sawdust flying!
I’m already eyeing the knots with trepidation. I haven’t been able to put a super sharp edge on my plane blades yet. Another skill I’m working on.
Ripped 10 boards, giving me 20 pieces to laminate together. I’m aiming for somewhere around 30” deep, 3” thick, and I’m not 100% sure on the length. My original plans call for a 6 ft long bench, but I think I might shorten that a bit. Need to get the plans out and make any changes before I start cutting to length.
-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!