And still no bench completed…
Had quite a few setbacks( back surgery, not setting aside enough material so having to aclimate more and wait), lack of time, motivation sometimes, frustrations etc..
For now the oak bench is on hold, i have a slab glued up for a top roughly 22”W, 6’L, 2 7/8” thick. And have 4 legs only lacking final deminsioning. But am currently frustrated with prepping it. The slab nowhere flat or square even after much planing and i am afraid i am gonna end up with a thinner top that i want by time it is all said and done. Keep finding hidden nails that really dcrew up my blades. General frustration keeps me from having motivation to deal with issues so i have stepped away, for now. I have a home for the slab until i can regain composure, but in the meantime i still need a decent bench to work on.
Been using a plywood topped bench for many tasks and it does keep me working, but its shortcomings in workholding and solidarity keep things going slow.
I acquired, earlier in the year, through craigslist, a rough cut 4×8x12 beam of douglas fir, for $20. I also went bunk picking at 3 different orange box stores one day and found more good 4×4 and 2×4s of Douglas Fir. I like the look of it over the more common SYP that is offered in this parts.
This lumber will give me a fresh start on making a Paul Sellers inspired bench.
More to come later.. hopefully soon, this time of year, in my opinion, is the best time to put a bench together. Low humidity should allow me tighter joints in the long run, though the temps are negligible for glueups.
-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi"