Long story short – 2 years ago a picked up a couple pieces of thick Hard Maple bowling lane for really cheap. The idea was for a workbench. I then realized that the bowling lane was held together with LOTS of spiral cut nails that have some incredible holding power.
I did actually start building a base out of Walnut but never finished because I found a great deal on this bench on Craigslist:
I never really took a shine to the Craigslist bench, it’s not heavy enough (even though it looks like it is), and it’s not flat – the tail vice end tapers off. It can probably be leveled but still want to build my own…..
I decided I couldnt tolerate the nails so last weekend I started tearing apart one of the old bowling lanes, using mainly a pair of Vaughn Superbars in tandem to peel the Maple lams apart:
Starting thickness of the Maple is 2-5/8”:
Next – we have a bunch of nail to pull:
Just then my friend Jay stopped by and he actually voluntered to help:
Jointed, planed and ripped:
Also decided to add a bit of conrtrast so I ripped up some Jatoba – this is strickly a mockup – no glue, just a few clamps to keep things in line for my imagination:
Planning on gluing up in three or four sections and running through the planer. Also planning on a 5” apron around the perimeter – probably out of 8/4 Walnut.
I have 2 of these purchased from Grizzly (In storage fot the last 2 years):
Thinking of using rectangular dog holes for the tail vice and round holes for the face vice…...bad idea?
Also plan on resuming the Walnut base idea – likely will be 8/4 material laminated to create 3-1/2” or so timbers.
Hoping you will speak up if you have design ideas or you see something here that is terribly wrong…...
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA