It’s been over 7 weeks since my last entry, but it took about that long for the wood to dry out enough. For the first 3 weeks, the wood was drying very slowly probably because it was still cold out here in Denver.
In the mean time, I spent some time adding dust collection to the shop and also built this sweet sawbench/sawhorse from Chris Schwarz's design.
This gave me some good practice milling up the lumber and also with some finishing. I used the natural Watco Danish oil on the douglas fir and I really like the warmth it added to the wood. I’m planning on using it to finish the workbench.
I started working on the bench a week ago and have made quite a bit of progress on the legs and top. Before showing that, I thought I’d take you on a little shop tour.
It all starts with the jointer. I got one with a 56” bed which has been very useful in milling up the top boards. I don’t really like the mobile base, but I need it to keep using this second bay for parking a car. I’ve also found that I don’t like these pusher pads. For the fir they were ok, but for moving rough 8/4 hard maple, they were useless.
Here’s the planer and the first use of the sawbench and sawhorse as a planer stand. I made the crude looking dust collection hood and it works amazingly well.
Here’s the table saw. The outfeed table is the second thing that I built after a mobile clamp cabinet. Someday I’ll add edging to the melamine and route slots for a miter gauge. The trash can on the left has one of those chip separator lids. It works great. I’ve found that I need to empty it when it gets about 1/3 full. After that, everything heads to the impeller.
I love this sliding compound miter saw. I plan on building it a nice cabinet home one of these days.
Here’s my set of clamps and the first project that I built, the mobile clamp cabinet. There are some more larger quik clamps on the back. I just got the Jet 12” clamps after using the huge bessey clamps for the legs. I like the Jet clamps much better than the Bessey’s. There more comfortable to use and there’s none of those shocks when a Bessey’s handle is flying down the shaft. I should have gone with the Jets when I first started buying clamps.
And finallly, here’s one tool that I’ve found incredibly useful so far. A 72” straight edge made from a jointed hard maple board. Highly recommended for building your top!
Alright, I’m going to finish gluing up the top now. I’ll try to post another entry on the legs this evening. Ciao.