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2x12 Bench #1: A challenge for myself

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 02-14-2008 04:04 PM 3127 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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On my drive into work today, I came up with an interesting challenge for myself. Based somewhat off the 2×4 challenge, I plan to take a 2×12 of souther yellow pine, and construct a bench, using just this one board. I think it would make a fun and entertaining project. Here are the guidelines I’ve laid out for myself:

1. Just 1 8’ 2×12. After all that I saw made with a 2×4, I couldn’t just make it TO easy, right?

2. No metal fastners of any type. I need work on my joinery skills, and while there are simple ways to fasten that look just fine, I want to do it the old fashioned way ;)

3. Finish must be readily available at a local big box retailer like Home Depot or Lowe’s. This one is inspired by Popular Woodworking’s I Can Do That section. I like the idea of folks having to use stuff readily available to everyone.

4. Hand tools and hand-held power tools only. Come on…you guys had to see this one coming from me :). Besides, this reminds me of the terms for the I Can Do That column again. For me, this will primarly consist of cutting down larger stock with power tools, and using hand tools for the rest. However, I may have to use hand tools just to rip, since my circular saw is definitely not up to the task.

Now, this is a challenge I’ve issued to myself. It needs to be completed no later than the end of March (need to build a saw bench first ;)). However, I’d love to see what the rest of you wonderful lumber jocks can do! My plan is a simple design, but I suspect some of the folks here could really do some cool work!

Anyone else up for the challenge?

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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#1 posted 02-14-2008 04:44 PM

Wow. Go for it, dude!

What do you think the bench dimensions will be? Sounds tough!

One idea…to save on lumber for the legs, you could mount a rail along the wall and lay the top down on it – that’ll save you having to build the back legs!

-- Eric at https://adventuresinwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 04:52 PM

I’m not sure what the dimensions will be, but probably no more than 3 feet wide. I could mount it, but as I’ll be moving soon, I’d rather not and have it be mobile. That’s really more important to me.

I’m actually looking at a trestle-type design for simplicity’s sake. Basically, two wide legs with one stretcher between the two. Mortise and tenons attaching the seat to the legs, and a through tenon with a wedge maybe for the stretcher. Pretty basic really.

I’m actually thinking of making this personal challenge annually, just to see how far I’ve come. I’m sure my wife could use a lot of benches…right? right? <hopes>

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 05:03 PM

Ahhh… it makes much more sense now.

I thought you were going to try to make a WOODWORKING bench out of one 8’ long 2×12. Didn’t think it would be a very big bench!

A sitting bench, though, sounds very do-able. I guess something a little “less” than a five-board bench, design-wise?

If you use cedar, it would probably stand up to weather better. Maybe for future projects, you could even upgrade your one board to cypress or teak or something great for keeping outside.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 05:24 PM

Sorry about the lack of clarity on my part. Yep…definitely not a woodworking bench.

It sounds like you’ve got the general idea I’m looking at doing. However, I hadn’t really planned on it being outside, though I guess it probably will be. I figure marine varnish would do the trick, especially since I don’t really plan on it being in direct weather.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 05:44 PM

so it’s a bench out of an 8’ (2×12).

one board: one bench. no glue.. (no, that was another challenge haha).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 05:47 PM

Oh no! I darn sure want some glue :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 07:37 PM

Oooh.. this sounds interesting.. I’ve got plans for a Coat Rack, and I can probably use a nice little bench underneath to put on my shoes on the way out the door.

Don’t know if I can fit it in the timeline – but I might try.

-- - living vicariously through lumberjocks

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 07:50 PM

I wouldn’t sweat the timeframe to much Rick. After all, there’s no prize to speak of except trying and succeeding ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 10:25 PM

You mean this isn’t the competition for the LJ Woodworking Scout badge for 2-by construction techniques?

:-)

-- - living vicariously through lumberjocks

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 10:28 PM

Nope…sorry to disappoint ;)

However, you CAN win the right to buy yourself a cookie for a job well done :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 10:47 PM

Might want to consider using a 10 ft. by 10 in. by 2 in. thick maple board.

Fine Woodworking Magazine has a contest…

Furniture Build-Off Contest

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 11:03 PM

Ooh cookies! I’m in! mmmm cookies.

I thought you meant a bench for the shop too. was gonna be small or light duty!... I suppose one could construct a saw bench like this one at 3/4 scale, or with a board and a half.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 11:05 PM

Thanks for that link Leon – I bet my pub table comes in just under that in terms of BF.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 11:17 PM

Yeah, a saw bench would probably qualify, but nope…planing on using a 2×8 for that one :D

Leon,

I had forgotten about that contest completely. I just figured it up, and FWW’s contest’s rules actually give me .7 board feet more. Might have to modify the challenge rules a bit ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#15 posted 02-15-2008 01:08 AM

Be sure to keep us in the loop TC.

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