|Project by RoundestRock||posted 07-03-2011 12:12 AM||4219 views||9 times favorited||34 comments|
I guess you could say this was a family project. The top of this workbench came from an American Elm tree my Grandfather’s brother planted in 1935. My Grandpa then transplanted the tree to his farm in 1940. My Grandpa passed in 2003 and my Grandma had to move from the farm in 2008. The trucking company that bought the farm had a history of leveling everything and putting it all in a landfill. Then they add pavement, and as the song goes, no more paradise.
Anyway, I couldn’t let such a magnificent specimen go to such an end (over 24’’ diameter, 20+’ straight trunk, 70+’ of tree all told). So with permission I fell, milled, and dried the wood myself. I had a yield of over 800 board feet! Once dried I hand planed the wood and fitted each joint. This took a good deal of my free time for a year. The top came out at 24’’ X 90’’ X 4 1/4’’. I made a point NOT to flatten the underside so it would be obviously hand made. It weighs almost 300 Lbs. That’s just the top.
For the legs I ran across an excess sale on jatoba for $2/brdft. It came in 3/4’’ X 6’’ planks. I laminated those to triple thick for strength and weight. The crotchet is laminated paduke that was left over from another project. I put the frame together with 5/8’’ X 8’’ bolts so it can be disassembled for moving. Total weight is between 500 and 600 Lbs. I still need to add the dog holes and a clamp rack to the bottom, but otherwise it’s done (at last!).
I think my Grandpa would be proud. I know I am.
-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!