Shop Remodel #31: In the thick of it.

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 01-06-2016 12:38 AM 982 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 30: Going live! Part 31 of Shop Remodel series Part 32: The Back Forty »

Today was the beginning and then end. The Alpha and well, the beta would work I guess. Not really the end, just a good step on the brakes. I cleaned up the shop this morning and pulled out the 94 BF of eastern hard maple I have been saving up for the bench. It is going to free up a lot of room by my mill, but I am sure I will take care of that, can’t have any uncluttered corners in a wood shop now can we.

I measured and re-measured and came to a conclusion, I just don’t have enough wood. So the plans call for a 4” thick top, I want my bench to be 5’6” long by 32” wide. It will have a walnut spit rail which brings it down to about 30 1/2” wide. All of my maple is just around 8’6” long so I will only be getting one chunk per board length and they all average around 7 1/2” wide. I am not worried about the length so much as I plan to build a carving bench on the opposite side of the doorway. So I started to think I would make the top about 2 1/2” thick in the center and make the skirts thicker, but that is going to give me some issues with the tail vise.

So there I was crying in my beer about it and I get a phone call…..
I have jury duty in the morning and possibly for the next ten days. :(
I knew it was coming, but I had been ignorant to it and now I am on a little vacation.
So I won’t be posting anything for a while, but hey, it will give me a chance to address the thickness issue. If any of you have the answer, by all means let me know.
I will check again when I get a chance and if I have enough for 3” center mass with 4” skirting then that will work with the vises. Oh the vexing troubles in life ;) I know I got it good, who am I kidding.
Thanks to all of you for your very kind words with the remodel and I hope to be back here twisting your ears again soon.
Have fun and stay safe.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 12:52 AM

jury duty!!!i feel for you brian i might be facing that scenario myself in a couple weeks just act crazy and youll be out the first day,in my case no acting required.we need you posting youll be missed.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 01:08 AM

No worries, a little jury duty never killed anyone….. Hmmm
Maybe I should re-word that a bit.

I welcome all thought on the bench top thickness issue. I am still thinking I would like 2.5” thick in the center mass and go with 3.5-” on the outlaying skirting.

Take care all.

-- Brian Noel

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