|Forum topic by toddbeaulieu||posted 11-20-2012 12:32 PM||1175 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
11-20-2012 12:32 PM
I’m building my first workbench. After a ton of waffling I’m trying to use old OOOOOOLD oak timbers that I already had. These are beasts at around 8×9 or so, and 15-20’ long. Sadly they have a lot of mortises in them which severely limits their usefulness.
Step 1: Cut a chunk off the timber with the chainsaw.
It’s not perfect yet, but it’s close. When I have the finalized pieces and hopefully a new plane or two I’ll try to get them all perfect before the glue up. Rather than having a ton of 8/4 or smaller strips I’m going to have 3, or possibly 4 depending on the final desired size. It’s gonna be heavy. I plan to investigate epoxy. This wood is not perfect. It’s several hundred years old. Cracked. Some punky bits (not much). Some mortises underneath. One mortise that goes through with a hole for a peg. No worries. I hope to cut out any problems and fit in sound material from the same stock. I expect the epoxy to fill the small voids and make a solid surface. Add some dye.
Next task: how long does it take for blisters to heal?