|Project by Doug||posted 10-18-2012 09:23 AM||2683 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
I was given this 36×36x4 inch maple butcher block top by a friend of mine who had this stored in her garage for almost 20 years. I could let her toss this into the trash. I decided to cut it into two slabs…cutting through the threades rod as well. I squared and jointed the ends cut some buscuit slots and glued them end for end. I sistered some reclaimed ash and maple on the side to strenghten this joint.
I made some square dog holes and sliding block from an old birch kitchen table leaf I made 30 years ago….(seems like I save and do a little garbage pickin’ for wood). Glue this all together with new threaded rods worked really well.
The legs are three pieces of fir glued to make a 3×4 1/2 leg. The strechers were made from some 2” redwood (reclaimed from someone’s picnic table. The leg vise again from redwood but glued on a maple jaw face for strength and hardness. I used scraped of walnut ends to inlay the maple edging which cover screw heads attaching the piece to the dog hole. I have since added a sliding deadman with 3/4” holes with a peg to assist in clamping large pieces in the leg vise.
The dogs were made from scrapes of purpleheart with ash acting as the spring. After flattening the top (quite a workworkout in itself), i now have a second bench to compliment my first which always seems to collect tools and pieces of wood…and you all know how that happens. Remember: .in a woodworkers sharpest tool should be his mind**
-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood