|Project by lashing||posted 06-22-2011 05:27 PM||7541 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
Certainly not anyones first choice this bench is made entirely of contruction spruce from Home Depot.
I had been using benches I made years ago that were very crude yet very sturdy. The tops were indestructable HDF ply but .. they were not flat. I got fed up not having a flat reference surface.
As a guitar maker I usually dont think furniture projects thru well. This was no exception. I underestimated the work involved simply milling the boards and them remembered how hard this green home depot timber is on blades. Junked up my planer and jointer.
Contruction grade spruce was used for 3 reasons. One it was well under $100 for everything. Two, I wanted to show it can be done and would be heavy and sturdy enough. Three, the overly soft spruce top would allow me to place guitars on top and the top will dent first. As pictured with a 1951 Telecaster I am currently working on for a customer.
Somehow, I measured the mortise in the stretchers backwards on both so the truss rods face out not in. No big deal as this is never going to be a beauty pagent winner but I still dont know how I managed that. Fortunately the fit is great and the truss rod system keeps the whole assembly very stable.
I took great effort laminating the top in section to ensure it was flat. Being home depot 2X4’s it warped anyway. Not to bad and I used my Veritas Jointer plane to get it flat. At last – a totally flat surface. No more running the the kitchen to check blanks against granite!
For all the work involved I probably wouldnt do it from Spruce again. But the bench is rock solid and it is nice to know the old Tele will do damage to the bench before the bench can harm the tele.
Next time I will probably go with the standard oak or maple. Funny thing is furniture makers rarey understand the fine adjustments required in guitars. Me, I often blunder furniture making. All my work working skill is guitar related but I like to think I can build anything.