I figured I might as well start a blog on my adventure of building a workbench base. I bought an old pattern makers maple benchtop (2 7/8” x 36” x 69”) from a friend a couple months ago and have had it sitting in my gar….shop. I am now in the process of building a base for this benchtop out of Black Walnut and Spalted Maple. My choice in wood was dictated by the fact that it was already sitting in my gar…shop.
The pieces for the legs were planed down to 1” and ripped to just over 3” so I would end up with a 3”x3” leg. I also cheated a little in making the center piece 3” longer for the tenon that connects the leg to the foot.
Here are the legs being glued up. There are 2 legs per set of clamps.
Here are the legs after being cleaned up a little. The top can be seen behind the legs.
-- Mike, Charlotte, NC