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building a bench and stuff #1: Workbench top

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Blog entry by TheFridge posted 03-15-2015 09:58 PM 1958 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(Quite a few pics with this blog)

I guess I am a cheap and a glutton for punishment.

Off cuts of poplar, red grandis, and a tiny bit of maple from a local cabinet shop. Plus some white and red oak scraps i had on hand.

After jointing, planing, ripping and squaring the ends. Then laid out so the butted seams are offset.

Starting the glue up of 1 of 3 7” laminations.

Lamination 2 of 3

Gluing up after jointing and planing the 3 laminations.

Cutting to length and I’m done with the top until it’s joinery time.

This is some white oak and cypress I had laying around. The white oak will be laminated for the legs and the cypress for the aprons (or whatever I need them for really, haven’t figured it out yet)

Thanks for looking.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.



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MC

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 10:47 PM

Not cheap but practical. I have been trying to come up with the money to build a maple work bench. I think I will start visiting some of the local cabinet shops here.

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 10:57 PM

almost all the hardwood I have or have had has been off cuts. Or twisted or cupped pieces that are off cuts to them. Maple, sapele, white and red oak, red grandis, walnut, poplar, mahogany. Great pieces for boxes, jigs, runners and now workbenches.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 11:49 PM

I love it! I did a king sized headboard from scraps like your benchtop.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 11:58 PM

Thank you sir. This glue up was a pain. I can only imagine a big one like headboard.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 12:44 AM

I cheated and used screws in each piece as I glued. If I had it to do again, I would use glue and finish nailer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 01:57 AM

It has a really cool look to it with the nice variety of colors. Plus it shows off all the hard work of gluing it up. What dimensions did you end up with?

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 02:03 AM

Thanks. 48” x 20”. I tried to spread the colors out to keep it interesting.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 02:09 AM

That is a nice looking top. Good layout keeps the top interesting. It may be cheap but it looks expensive as hell.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 02:12 AM

Thanks bud

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 03-16-2015 02:20 AM

Fridge, this is totally awesome.

Make what you can from what you got.

Thanks!

Edit: regret using totally and awesome.

Um. Completely wonderful.

Going out and just buying stock that matches design requirements seems like cheating, mostly of course because I cant so seeing other folks reaching into their ingenuity and scraps to create is reassuring.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#11 posted 03-16-2015 02:30 AM

Thanks, nothing like free wood and using up old twisted stuff that’s just be hangin out in the shop.

I was concerned with most of the top being poplar, which seemed relatively light, but being only 2 3/4” thick it does have some heft to it. I think some white oak legs and some cabinets will be plenty enough to make sure it doesn’t move around while planing and whatever else I want to do on it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 03-16-2015 02:35 AM

Fridge,

That is almost to beautiful to use as a workbench! Reminds me of a patchwork quilt. Fun to stare at! Looks great!

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#13 posted 03-16-2015 02:39 AM

Thanks, I think it came out great. I chose every side facing up for color, figure, and/or other features to make it more interesting.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 03-16-2015 02:50 AM

Looking good.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 03-16-2015 03:31 AM

Very colorful!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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