Heavy Woodworkers Bench #2: The solution to keeping cost low (in my situation)

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Blog entry by Questtut posted 03-14-2017 04:55 PM 1564 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Idea for a low cost work bench solution Part 2 of Heavy Woodworkers Bench series Part 3: Finding time »

I know, not everyone is in the same situation as I am. Some are more lucky than I, and some just don’t have as many opertunities as I do. So that’s tosay, you may not be able to use the solutions I have, you may have other options I dont, but, this is what I found.

As a commercial truck driver, more specifically a flat be driver, I have many opertunities to bring home what’s known as “dunnage”. In essence that is lumber (of many types and sizes) that is used for transporting loads for one place to another. Lucky for me, I have 1 customer who only uses hard woods (mostly oaks) to load their material, and it is fairly uniform in dimensions, even though it is a rough cut lumber. I am able to get anywhere from 6 to 20, 8 foot long aproximatly 3 inch by 4 inch boards from just 1 load. After delivering the load, I can carry that wood with me until I get home to unload it. Now, yes, this is VERY heavy wood, and it is rough. But, the price is perfect! FREE!
So, of corse I tend to gather and save LOTS of this wood every chance I get. I keep a good pile of it beside my shop (garage). I also get lots of other great woods from work as well, including landscape timbers, 2×4s, 2×12s, plywood of all sizes and thicknesses, and once I shipped for a specialty exotic wood supplier who after talking to me, gave me a nice arm full of tome beautiful cutoffs from what they make. I’m thinking hard what I want to use that beautiful wood for.
So, now I know that I have lots of very solid wood to use, it’s time to plan how I want to build my HEAVY and sturdy wood working bench.

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 05:25 PM

You lucky dog! I thought I was lucky when my work got in a large number of single use pallets made of southern yellow pine.

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 11:45 PM

It’s pretty handy to have a source of free thick lumber like that. I’m sure it’s not all beautiful, choice lumber, but for a workbench I imagine it will do just fine. Might need to dry for a while to prevent the bench from warping too much over time. But with a hand plane and some patience you’d always be able to flatten it again later if it does ever warp.

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#3 posted 03-15-2017 09:33 AM

Unless its pretty clean wood, I would make sure to scan it for nails before putting it in a planer/jointer. A sander can help you clean up the dirty areas to help you spot any metal in it.

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