Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) #7: Remainder of yellow pine lumber for workbench

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Blog entry by ruddhess posted 03-04-2015 06:38 PM 1261 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Reinforcing my old sawhorses Part 7 of Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) series Part 8: Beginning Cuts on Saw Bench/Saw Horses »

Here is the remainder of the yellow pine that I need for my workbench. I had decided to give this thing legs and a skirt (hmm, sounds bad I know – hey maybe it’s a Scottish bench? LOL). The 2 X 12 was for the skirts on the front and the back, and the 2 X 8’s were for leg stretchers. I had 6 pieces of center ripped 2 X 10’s left over from making the top that I could use to make the legs. Still deciding whether to make a regular workbench or stay with my original plan of making some very sturdy Japanese trestle style horses to put the benchtop slab on. What to do, what to do?

This 2 X 12 is beautiful. The winter growth rings are wide and it is a heavy board. It has part of the pith of the tree running down the middle and after cutting the 12 footer in half has begun to cup a bit at one end. I will monitor the cupping and decide whether to cut a little bit of the pith out and re-glue it together. That’s probably what I’ll do.

I am leaning toward this style of “horse” to set the slab on and keep to the original plan of a Japanese style slab on horses work surface. (Watching Stumpy Nubs video on making a saw bench is what gave me the inspiration for this particular design – I’m not sure where the original style came from.)

Beginning on the Saw Bench/Saw Horse stands shown above.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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