LumberJocks

Workbench #1: New workbench getting started

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by MedicKen posted 1091 days ago 1049 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Workbench series Part 2: Progress made »

Now that I have a table saw again its time to get going on a few projects. First on the list is a new workbench. It will be solid maple that I picked up from fellow LJ, John Ormsby a little over a year ago. John had some really nice 8/4 kiln dried maple at a good price so I came with about 500bf. More than enough for a bench.

I pulled some of the maple out today and got started milling it up for the legs. The wood was nice and flat and really didn’t need to be jointed. So, I didn’t. It went straight to the planer. It was a full 2” thick and varied from 8-11 in width. After about 30 minutes of planing I was at a consistent 1 3/4” thick. The legs are going to be 3 1/2 square and I will face glue 2 of them together to make the legs.

I decided that being my table saw does not have any type of splitter I would rip the boards on the band saw. The part for the splitter on the saw is in the works but will take a while. I did not feel comfortable ripping the stock on the saw without some type of splitter. The band saw did a great job. I did mill them slightly over size so after gluing I can size them correctly.

I will glue them tomorrow after letting them sit over night. I dont think they will move much if at all. I have had the wood over a year and being kiln dried they should be nice and stable. But you never know.

Here is what I have set aside for the legs and part of the end assemblies.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com



6 comments so far

View MedicKen's profile

MedicKen

1599 posts in 2066 days


#1 posted 1091 days ago

Hey Pat…..Just your traditional workbench. I am looking at about 34” high, 26-28” wide and 6 feet long.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

View Lance's profile

Lance

361 posts in 1130 days


#2 posted 1091 days ago

Ken, I can’t wait to see more progress!!! I can’t wait to build a solid Maple bench one of these days!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

View ratchet's profile

ratchet

1283 posts in 2391 days


#3 posted 1091 days ago

Nice! That wood looks like it will do the trick. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

View Bertha's profile

Bertha

12951 posts in 1297 days


#4 posted 1091 days ago

I’m in the process, too, Ken. A man like yourself with thousands of pounds of equipment? I doubt your bench will end of being all THAT traditional;) Mine? Mine going to be a monster. I’m shooting to reach 1000 pounds. Starting with 6” thick maple on the top. Leg, hook, and wagon. You’ll probably beat me to it, but I’ll be watching.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View spunwood's profile

spunwood

1194 posts in 1440 days


#5 posted 1090 days ago

Exciting project. That’s a pretty tall bench are you tall?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

View MedicKen's profile

MedicKen

1599 posts in 2066 days


#6 posted 1090 days ago

”That’s a pretty tall bench are you tall?”

No. I am 5’9” but I have worked at benches of different heights and have found 34-35” to be the most comfortable for me. I also happens to be the same height as my table saw so, it will also be able to double as an outfeed table.

I built my first bench at 32”, which was MDF and 2×4 framing material, and started experimenting. I added plywood shims under the legs and worked at the bench for awhile to see how I liked the height. I had to change the shims a few times until I finally decided on the final height.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase