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!