I have been wanting/needing a solid workbench to use for hand tool work. Been trolling the site for almost 2 years now soaking in the needed information and ideas from many of the skilled members and i think i have an idea. I am still not for sure of exact dimensions or style i want. I am leaning towards a Nicholson/Sellers bench with a twin screw vice. I really like this one here. Roughly 7 foot length, 30 inches wide, ~35 inches in height ( 35 seems to be a comfortable height for me from some trials with my hand planes. The top i believe will be final thinkness of 3 inches. I came up with the length based on the size of the space i have to put it and the best use of material at hand. I was aiming for 8 feet but it just isn’t in the cards. 30 inches deep is enough room to work and have tools able to sit on bench, still undecided on having a tool well.
all wood will be reclaimed from a house i dismantled last summer and saved as much of the rough sawn, 100+ year old timber. All red oak i believe, it is oak in any case.
More thoughts to come later, and I get more input to finalize the design. Playing with Sketchup to come up with something before i really get started.
the start: i would like to do most of the work without sucking on the power grid, but i do not have a decent ripsaw at the moment so my circular saw has to step in for the rough dimensioning. i do not own a power planer or jointer and none of my friends do either so all that work will be with my hand planes.
halfway through ripping
what should end up as legs they are ~5.5”-6” square, they were in the house as studs, spaced between every 3 2x and enclosed all doors and windows.
and ~ 13’ long. None of the ones chosen have the pith and are 1/4 of the tree they came from i believe ( thought of ripping them out for as much quartersawn as i can get but not sure if my saw can take it, still may happen)
a crosscut look at the grain on one board, pretty tight old growth i believe, tried to pick out the best cut but i will have to settle with what i can dig out on some.
what used to be either the ceiling or floor joists 2×8x15+
some already ripped and crosscut to roughly 3.5”x2”x 7.5’
and all cut and stacked in the spot they will be sitting when completed, till i can get to planing them down.
hopefully can get them together soon
more to come later, had to stop for righteous tstorms rolling through
-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"