A couple of weeks ago, I picked up the lumber for my workbench project.
Not maple, not beech, not birch, not even southern yellow pine.
That’s right, I’m making it out of local SPF – Spruce/Pine/Fir.
You see, to make a bench out of hardwood, the top alone is going to cost over $300 clams. I just can’t afford that right now, but I have a growing ‘honey-do’ list and I need something better than a piece of plywood on sawhorses because of my growing love of hand planes.
Searching around, I found a solution where a solid bench can be made from big box store lumber. Pop Wood has an article for a $175 workbench including vice hardware.
Tonight, my wife who is back home after surgery told me to go to the garage for a little while and that she would be fine. After making sure, and telling her I love her (ain’t she great?), I zipped out and started milling the 2×8 lumber down to size which has been acclimating for the last 2 weeks.
I managed to get all of the boards milled down to thickness, but only 4 boards glued together. With all the humidity, the glue was still gooey after an hour. Over night it will sit for sure to ensure drying.
-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com