Building Myself a Workbench #2: I have Lumber!!!

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Blog entry by tsdahc posted 05-03-2012 09:18 PM 1288 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to take the trip out to CP Johnson today before work and pick up my maple. I had spoken to Chris a few times and he had some maple that was an in between that I was able to get for a great price, well at least I think it was great ($2.25 bdft) for some semi curly maple. I picked up just shy of 130 bdft and was on my way home. Got it home and stacked it in the shop/garage where it’ll sit for a few weeks until I can begin working on it. Im hoping to steal some time here and there to start ripping to size etc; but who knows. Most of the boards are 8ft long. The thinest board was just shy of 6 inches and the biggest was around 11 inches wide, all were called 5/4. We sent them through his planer on 2 light runs to get them all the same thickness and they are currently sitting at 1 1/4” thick, so I cant complain. I did the calculations and it looks like I’ll be needing about 80-90 board feet depending on design which will leave me a 40-50% extra incase of excess waste and or screw ups etc. Some of these pieces though I may have to keep out of the bench pile because they actually have some nice figure to them.

As you can see in the one picture my shop has to share wall space with a kayak, actually two 14 foot long kayaks. If it weren’t for those two guys I’d have about an extra 20 sqft of space (they stick of the wall about 2 ft). But I cant, they allow me to go fishing in the river so they must cohabitate with my tools.

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 11:33 PM

When I built my workbench I had to buy quite a few 8’ and 10’ boards. I was a little concerned about the waste of 1.5’ and 3.5’ boards. A year later and all those scraps have disappeared. I wish now I bought more wood at the time. I don’t think you will be at a loss for having too much waste.

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