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Workbench base in progess.... #1: The legs...

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Blog entry by Mike posted 08-03-2007 05:42 PM 2690 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Legs being glued up...

Here are the legs after being cleaned up a little. The top can be seen behind the legs.

Workbench legs in from of top...

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC



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Bill

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#1 posted 08-03-2007 06:08 PM

Good start Mike. We are looking forward to seeing this bench completed.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Partridge

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#2 posted 08-03-2007 06:31 PM

WoW.. This is going to be one heavy bench. You are going to have to build a ceiling crane to move it.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#3 posted 08-03-2007 06:34 PM

Hope you are adding casters to the legs so you can move it around as needed. Then again, you might need a truck to haul it around …

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#4 posted 08-03-2007 06:40 PM

and… It is not cheating. It is called thinking ahead. great Job.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#5 posted 08-03-2007 07:05 PM

:) thanks!

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC

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#6 posted 08-04-2007 12:39 AM

Looking good, Mike. I’m building one too but it’s no where near as stout as yours will be. I think yours is going to be pretty cool. Can we have a pic of the top or is too early?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 08-04-2007 12:45 AM

Hey Jeff! Let me see what I can do this weekend. The top is well used and sitting on it’s side at the moment. You can see the underside of it in the second pic.

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC

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#8 posted 08-04-2007 01:57 AM

Nice start…keep her going.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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