WorkBench #1: Rites of passage

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Blog entry by grimt posted 04-03-2009 02:42 AM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Somebody told me a bench should be a woodworkers first project. Something to do with rites of passage.

So here I am with 800NZD (or South Pacific Pesos) worth of European Beech in my garage and a design on sketchup.

When the wood was delivered, most of it was too heavy for a weedy little guy like me to carry..

Those babies are 3.1m long!

Hare is another picture after I eventually dragged it in the garage.

You can see my current “workbench” in the background and understand why I want a new one. If I plane too aggressively with my old bench it falls off it’s blocks.

I attend a college once a week where I get access to pretty much every machine you can think of. The jointer and planer made short work of the stock though I did need some help from a friend of mine to keep the stock from tipping when I passed it through the jointer.

Next post I’ll include a picture of the wood in it’s planed state. If I can work out how, I’ll also include my design in sketchup…

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 03:47 AM

Is that 12/4 Beech? (7.6 cm) nice looking wood can’t wait to see it prettyed up. no wonder it cost so much. About $450 USD by my caculations. I would love to see your design if you figure it out. A bench is in my not so distant future.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 03:54 AM

Looking forward to seeing the design. Last I looked 1kiwi peso was only worth 23 philippine peso. Compare that to 1usd being worth 47 peso! Glad beer only cost a buck here. Nice to see another kiwi on the site.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 04:21 AM

The beech was 80mm unplaned. By the time I plane out any cupping and twisting I get from 70-73mm.

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#4 posted 04-06-2009 04:24 AM

Nice looking pile of lumber there… can’t wait to follow along as you put this together.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 04-06-2009 04:25 AM

Good luck with the bench.

-- Steve-o

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 04:45 AM

rites of passage


followed by sketch up


I think you might be making another trip to buy more timber as the rite of passage in making a nice bench is gonna need way more wood then that pile. woodworking, especially the bench, should you make that right of passage , isnt written by sketch up?............obviously

The best thing to watch, is a man who has never made a bench, make one, and be humbled.

$$$$$$$$$ is easy to throw at woodworking…..........and fun too

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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