Workbench #1: New workbench getting started

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 08-05-2011 04:02 AM 1914 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that I have a table saw again its time to get going on a few projects. First on the list is a new workbench. It will be solid maple that I picked up from fellow LJ, John Ormsby a little over a year ago. John had some really nice 8/4 kiln dried maple at a good price so I came with about 500bf. More than enough for a bench.

I pulled some of the maple out today and got started milling it up for the legs. The wood was nice and flat and really didn’t need to be jointed. So, I didn’t. It went straight to the planer. It was a full 2” thick and varied from 8-11 in width. After about 30 minutes of planing I was at a consistent 1 3/4” thick. The legs are going to be 3 1/2 square and I will face glue 2 of them together to make the legs.

I decided that being my table saw does not have any type of splitter I would rip the boards on the band saw. The part for the splitter on the saw is in the works but will take a while. I did not feel comfortable ripping the stock on the saw without some type of splitter. The band saw did a great job. I did mill them slightly over size so after gluing I can size them correctly.

I will glue them tomorrow after letting them sit over night. I dont think they will move much if at all. I have had the wood over a year and being kiln dried they should be nice and stable. But you never know.

Here is what I have set aside for the legs and part of the end assemblies.

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 05:11 AM

Hey Pat…..Just your traditional workbench. I am looking at about 34” high, 26-28” wide and 6 feet long.

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 05:41 AM

Ken, I can’t wait to see more progress!!! I can’t wait to build a solid Maple bench one of these days!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 02:06 PM

Nice! That wood looks like it will do the trick. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 02:10 PM

I’m in the process, too, Ken. A man like yourself with thousands of pounds of equipment? I doubt your bench will end of being all THAT traditional;) Mine? Mine going to be a monster. I’m shooting to reach 1000 pounds. Starting with 6” thick maple on the top. Leg, hook, and wagon. You’ll probably beat me to it, but I’ll be watching.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 05:58 PM

Exciting project. That’s a pretty tall bench are you tall?

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 08:24 PM

”That’s a pretty tall bench are you tall?”

No. I am 5’9” but I have worked at benches of different heights and have found 34-35” to be the most comfortable for me. I also happens to be the same height as my table saw so, it will also be able to double as an outfeed table.

I built my first bench at 32”, which was MDF and 2×4 framing material, and started experimenting. I added plywood shims under the legs and worked at the bench for awhile to see how I liked the height. I had to change the shims a few times until I finally decided on the final height.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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