|Forum topic by HamS||posted 12-23-2011 05:24 PM||5578 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-23-2011 05:24 PM
I have several logs from a large poplar tree we had to cut down two years ago. It is time to decide whether to turn it into lumber or firewood. I have had visions of splitting it and hewing it into the pieces for a workbench. I do not envision a Roubo bench, but more of a contemporary bench with features. I want to build it without using any machine tools.
Will the poplar be to soft to make a satisfactory bench top?
Is poplar too light to make a massive bench that will not move. My current thoughts are four by six inch legs and three by six inch stretchers and a three or four inch thick top. The top would be three by five and be something between a classic bench and an assembly table. I think a wagon vise would be very useful on the short axis of the bench and one on the long axis.
I solicit advise and if someone wants to send me a vise, I would gladly accept it :).
-- Haming it up in the 'bash.