Nicholson style workbench #1: It begins

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Blog entry by cfrance posted 07-22-2015 04:58 PM 1847 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So after alot of contemplation and watching many, many youtube videos, I finally decided that my new workbench was going to be a sort of Nicholson styled bench. I downloaded sketchup, drew it out, and picked up the lumber. I probably should have taken more time to choose lumber with less/smaller knots, but I guess after I beat it up in a year or two the knots will only add to the character.

I plan on making the top in two 4” thick slabs about 11” wide to make the glue up easier. Milling down the 2×10’s went as easy as I expected although it did take longer than I thought. But I now have my first slab of roughly 4”x11”x8’.

It’s hard to explain the excitement you feel when you begin something you have wanted for such a long time. This is not the first project to kickoff my brand new workshop in my new house, but it may have the biggest impact on my small shop.

I’m tempted to bring the bathroom scale downstairs and see just how much that slab weighs. SYP may not be the ideal wood to build a workbench out of but as heavy as it is, I think it will be just fine for me.

Time today 2.5 hours
Total time 2.5 hours
Materials used (4)2×10x8’, 16 oz glue

-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.

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#1 posted 07-23-2015 04:48 PM

So cool to see one of these in progress! Ever since I saw it highlighted on Lost Art Press I’ve been weighing it against a Roubo.

-- Steve

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