I’m a carpenter, I fit out kitchens, offices, cafes for a specialist joinery firm that runs a modest workshop.
By chance they had overordered a batch of Spruce pine and had no immediate use for it.
After a brief chat with the boss and workshop manager, 7 of those boards were wheeled to a massive table saw, the legs, stretchers and top were cut to an oversize dimension and length, then surface planed and edged and then thicknessed.
My intention was to hand build this bench over the Christmas holidays but had to take the opportunity to use their pneumatic clamping press to clamp the top together.
8 lengths of 105×75mm were biscuited and polyurethane glued together, set in the press and in the morning my bench top was a reality.
This was happening.
After cleaning away the excess glue the top took a few spins through a massive sanding machine, the results at first where impressive until I put a straight edge on it.
I wanted hardwood for the vice components, by happy coincidence there was some sapelle in the shop, a nod and a wink later it was sawn, planed and edged and in the van with the rest of the material.
I have documented my workbench build on instagram @joedillon