I spent the weekend cutting the lumber into bite size peices. I found this somewhat challenging because this is where I picked the boards and assigned their fate.
”You will be this and you will be that. No, wait, you are not wide enough. Go back into that stack. Now I need another one these but that means I will have to cut you in half…. Am I sure? ”
I need the boards for the top to be ~ 5” wide. I will preserve length and thickness for now. Still in order to rip them to length I needed a reference edge first. THIS was the hardest part. Running a 6” wide, 8’ long 10/4 maple board across I meager Rigid jointer was work. Everything is still well over sized. These rollers I picked from the local Sears that is going out of business were a godsend.
Once I got a decent edge, I ripped at the band saw. My Rikon performed quite admirably. I did recently put a woodslicer blade on it. There was a tension in some of the boards.
Some of the cherry waste.
Here is a smaller more ordered lumber pile. The final top thickness is 4”. I need 12 boards for the top, the front dovetail face board and the dog hole strip. I have 11 that are 5” wide. I have 2 others that are 4 1/2” and 4 1/4” BEFORE MILLING so they are not going to work.
Here are the long stretchers and the 4/4 shelving below.
These will be laminated into the cherry legs. The plan calls for 32” long legs but I cut these at 36”. You can see that I still have some checking at the ends that I need to cut out or epoxy.
Now, check out this board. It is different from all the others. It was 8 ft but had a punky knot 1/3 down the length. I had to cut that out. I assigned this to a long stretcher. But look at this grain! I don’t know that I will use this in a workbench. Should I save it for other projects? What do you think?
The chop will end up 2 1/2” thick and the calls for 9” wide 12/4 stock and I don’t have any. This these two pieces will be laminated. Also, a cool Starrett machinist hammer that I dig.
I think I have things under control for now. I need to laminate some of the cherry cut offs for the tail vise block which also calls for 12/4 stock. Also I need to splice the thin maple boards to get up to 5” wide stock.
-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali