A Workbench's Progress #7: The Base Begins

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Blog entry by TheGravedigger posted 06-17-2007 03:19 AM 1499 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Base plan Part 7 of A Workbench's Progress series Part 8: Glue-up's Finished »

Well, the next phase of the workbench project is now under way. I went to a local lumber yard the other day (the real thing, not a box store—I learn pretty fast) and picked up enough southern yellow pine to build the base. I’ll have to give these guys credit – they take care of their customers. Even though the yard crew was busy loading up 18-wheelers, they had time for me. When I told the “guy inside” what I was building, he wrote on the pull ticket, “PICK GOOD”. The yard guys let me pick through the pile (or part of it) to find the better stuff. It wasn’t perfect, being #2 common, but MUCH better than the “premium” stuff from Home Depot. I got a few extras just in case I don’t get it all right the first time (no Norm here!). Total cost: $39.38.

Back at the shop, I skip-planed the 2×4’s down to get a smooth gluing surface, and cut the pieces for the feet and legs to rough length:

Feet and Leg Parts

You’ll notice that one of the foot groups and two of the leg groups consist of three boards instead of two. These will comprise the center group, and are wider to accommodate 2” mortises from the left and right. Judging by some of the end grain, I need to re-arrange the combinations somewhat. Next I’ll glue the individual pieces up, using biscuits for alignment. Due to my limited number of clamps, this will probably take a over a week (one set per night). Of course, this slow pace allows me to get in enough honey-do’s to keep my brownie points at an acceptable level. This will be followed by clean-up and squaring of all the pieces.

More as this progresses.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 06-17-2007 04:35 AM

This is the type of thing that draws my interest to this site. To see the construction tips, tricks & methods really is a wonderful way of sharing our craft. Great work, keep them coming.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 06-17-2007 06:00 AM

This has been a good series. Thanks for sharing it with us. I’ve enjoyed watching the build and your decisions.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-18-2007 08:31 PM

sounds like it is all going well so far

and you can still earn brownie points… life is good

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 07-01-2007 03:42 PM

Robert -

Great update and a wonderful story! Thank you for taking time to record your construction progress and photograph the steps. Absolutely a wonderful series. Again – this could be published – its a great read and very inspirational.


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