|Project by crosseyedcarver||posted 02-24-2010 06:07 AM||2350 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
Finally finished! This workbench has come a long way. I found most of the wood being used as a ramp into a shed. The wood was warped and had a lot of mildew stains where the wood had cupped. I walked by it over and over again. I could tell there was a lot of curl in the wood but it just looked too far gone to do anything with. One day I had enough and had to know what those boards looked like cleaned up. I replaced the boards with plywood and put the boards in my truck. I borrowed a 12” plainer which meant I had to cut the wood down to fit them though. These boards had so much figure to them. I had to build something special with them. There were two types of wood curly cherry and red oak. I am mostly carving now so I wanted a small work bench to go in our dinning area where the floor would be easy clean-up. My wonderful wife agreed so now it was just a matter of putting a plan together for my bench. I saved one of the boards that was the widest for the bench top. Since it wouldn’t fit though the plainer, I had to sand it. It took days and when I thought I had most of the stains out I would wet it to see what the finnish would look like, sure enough the stains were still there. Finnaly I came to a point where I was happy with the finnish. I bought some black walnut to add some contrast. After many hours of plotting out how each board could be used I started building. I work out of town a lot so this project has taken about 4 months. I finished it off with a poly floor finish. I am not a furniture builder so there is a lot of screws showing. I have really enjoyed building it and have learned a lot for my next project. Most of all my wife said it looks good enough that she doesn’t mind it being in the house. I’m happy and she’s happy. Sounds like a job well done.
-- Tim, Tallahasse FL