I’m sure there are those of you interested in how much this thing weighs and (more importantly) how much it cost to build.
A quick volume estimate puts the total amount of wood at ~5 cubic feet. Considering an average specific gravity of about 0.60 (range for SYP is 0.54 – 0.65, and the hickory is more than that), the weight is:
(5 cu. ft.)(62.4 lbs/cu. ft.)(0.60) = 187 lbs
So, the wood alone is about 190 lbs. Factor in the weight of the vise hardware and the many metal planes I store belowdecks, I would guess it’s at least 260 lbs as it stands in the shop.
As far as costs go, I have pasted a screenshot from my Excel table below.
Tax is a low-end average value for all the purchases (~5% in WI and ~9% in IL). These prices reflect buying the SYP in November 2012 in Burlington, WI and the rest of the stuff (including hickory) in the west Chicagoland area not long after. The Lee Valley vises were bought on their website.
Personally, I think this price is well within the budget of the average woodworker. Heck, $60 of my cost was hickory for the end caps and leg vise, which could easily have been replaced by $5 of SYP. It is possible to build this bench with a very limited set of hand tools, but there’s no way I could have done so in the time it took me. The planing and jointing of the top laminates was very time consuming, and I can only imagine how long it would have taken with a #5 and a #7.
This is not the end of the series. I still have a few more things to accomplish with the bench, but I figured I’d post this now while I’m thinking about it.
Thanks for reading.
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