So today juror #31 was not called upon so I got to work on the bench top.
I managed to get the back forty glued up and most of the front slab cut out.
In my last posting I had hinted to the fact that I was unsure as to the amount of wood I had, well I came up with the best solution I could. Even though I had been saving up wood for this build over the last year, it looked like I would be short on the maple, but it will work out nice as the off-cuts will be turned into a carving bench that wasn’t in the original plan. I will make a taller bench that can be used standing or sitting in a stool to work on carving work with a cabinet to hold all the knives behind it.
On the back slab of the bench I made the slab thinner than what the plans called for and there will be a step down in the side rails to keep everything level. The back will not get the abuse the front will and it does not receive any clamp hardware so there is no need for it to be as thick as the front.
It will be similar in fashion to this shaker bench, but the boards will still be vertical. The split as I had said before will be offset to the back. It will be about 19” from the front lip to the split rail and another 12” from the rail to the back. This rail setup will allow me to push chair legs up against the split and it will hold the chair from going further back. If I need anything held closer I can use a bench hook, hold fast and batten or just use one of the clamps. The split will be just proud of the tool cabinet doors when they are opened, but eventually the bench will stand out in the open and be accessible from the front or back. I have thought about making a setup for the moxon vise to be attached to the back slab easily which would open a lot of doors for me. I might just do that ;)
So here are some pictures of the slabs and planks so far.
On other news I received notice today that I was awarded a grant to put a chair and bench into my local library. I had wanted to put something in there years ago, but the director of the library was firmly against any art admissions into the library. Just this year the director left and the new director is open to artwork submissions, so I jumped at the chance and when the Cultural Coalition offered grant awards to local artisans I had to go for it. I am very excited to have something locally. I made the chocolate table a few years ago and every time I go in there to get some goodies it is fun to see it, this will be just as fun and I have a wild-ass design for the chair and bench so stay tuned for that. It will get turned into some videos for sure. On that note I will be working on the second video this weekend and finishing up my sketchup plan for the hobbit table, hopefully. I am really slow at sketchup, but I am getting better.
Take care and have fun woodworking!
-- Brian Noel