One of my goals in renting the space for a shop is to build all of my shop fixtures in anticipation of moving them to my own permanent shop in a future home where I’ll have the dedicated space for one. I cannot make a move now as my folks are elderly and in need assistance at this point. However, renting the space for this shop has offered me some time away from the stresses that unfortunately accompany the aforementioned. I come here and tune out other issues until I return home. Really, without this as a diversion, I’d go stir crazy as I’m no longer taking on outside work. It was just too difficult to commit to contract work and worry about the issues my folks are dealing with at this stage of their lives.
Today I started on building a bench that will enable me to utilize hand tools more. I would like to build a nice hardwood bench like the many that have been shared here on LJs, but right now I need something heavy, stable, large enough for assembly as well as having work holding ability for milling by hand and one I can knock out in relatively short order.
So this morning I picked up some Burrill kiln dried, white fir 2×4s to get started. I’ll use the 4×4 cedar cuts I had left over from a yard project two summers ago, for the base. The same 4×4s I used to lift the Unisaw. Before starting, I discovered that I can only rip stock that is around 7’6” where the Unisaw is placed in relation to the miter station. That’s pretty much what it would be no matter where the Unisaw is placed in the shop as the maximum dimension across the shop is 20’. That is fine as the bench will be 84”. This just caused one more step in stock prep. After shortening the boards to 7’6” I milled them to a little over 3” in width. I’m going to try an maintain a top thickness of between 2.75” and 3”after planing. I was going to build a Nicholson bench, but now I’m thinking of some kind of hybrid. I guess I’ll let the progress of the project dictate what it will eventually become.
I hope to have all the boards jointed, thickness planed and glued by the end of the day. We’ll see how that goes :)
-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)