Big wood find #4: using some of the load.

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Blog entry by rtb posted 01-31-2010 06:11 AM 1441 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Starting to get some of the haul home. Part 4 of Big wood find series Part 5: The base comes together »

I’m not certain but what this should be separate but any way… Before I joined us I thought that workbenches, real workbenches were limited to professional cabinet makes, magazine editors, and hand tool advocates. Having now been exposed to a much wider school of thought I have come to realize that this is not the case and that I too was in need of something of this nature. ( I got tired of moving everything off the table saw every time I needed to make a cut.) I ‘ve spent several weeks reading and looking at benches and came to realize that most benches are made to suit the individual that makes them. I also realized that any bench that I made had to fit me and allow for my limitations
1. It would have to be higher than usual so that I could stand upright when using it.
2. Because of our pending move it would have to be able to be disassembled
3. At my age its probably going to be a one time deal
4. I’ll probably break some of the ‘rules’
5. I want it to be some of my best work, since your bench does your bragging for you.
6. Since I’ ve been blessed with all this wood I want to take advantage.of the differences and show off some of the beauty and contrast. THEREFORE this bench is going to be 40 +/- inches high. The base will be built first. Building the top and then putting it on saw horses will not give me a place to work Bending over something at that height wood limit my work to about 15 minutes every 3rd or 4th day the rest of the time being spent recovering. So with every thing more or less planed (in my head) I moved on with the certainty of the poorly informed. I had some cherry 4+ by 4+ that I felt were about the right size and sturdiness for legs. Of course a little lay out and sawing was indicated.
rt legs

ANDrt legs lower cuts

The left legs, of course look very similar, but have been assembled

left leg assembly AND


Other materials have beet cut and are awaiting a slight increase in the temperture to continue with the rough assembly. ( its now somewhere below 0. F) Bolts are 1/2 in X 6in carriage bolts with large flat washers and lock washers

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 06:20 AM

Looks like a good start.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 06:46 AM

That wood for the feet look very very hard; judging it by the tight grain and colour. And you managed to cut it really clean. Great work. Good philosophy, think out of box to make box and break the benchmark to make bench. As far as construction is concerned, I’m not in the “follow the book” club. But finishing wise I try to strictly follow the precedence/the instructions.
One question, have you made the top’ slab?

At this stage, I normally get very excited to finish it very soon as possible, but once it can stand on the four feet, I always start slowing down – I’m in the “downhill club”.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 10:26 AM

  • I moved on with the certainty of the poorly informed.*

That is a brilliant phrase. I love words and sometimes they are combined in just the right way, with just the right cadence and tone to sing. That phrase is like Enrico Caruso belting out Santa Lucia to me.

I think your bench is going to be wonderful.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 01:49 PM

Ditto to the above. Years back I would have a bench made before dinner. I now have many bd/ft of 2” thick cheery patiently drying in the barn waiting for me to complete my long awaited custom bench. Until then I read everything on others benches and store the ideas away for later, maybe this summer. Thanks for sharing, I will keep watching.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 05:39 PM

Woodworm, Yes cherry is a hard but very workable wood. The assembled side is free standing, indicated I think, the degree to which it can be fine cut., The cuts in the legs were done with a dado set and my Osbourne miter. The assembled pair of legs weighs aprox 40 +/- lbs. No I have not yet built the top but have started cutting the individual pieces.
some of the top, roughcut

Brian, I am humbled. (it was intentional, I thought that it was a good transition phrase and reflects how I really feel as I approach this project)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 07:49 PM

Your own design, I agree build it to suit yourself. Nice work so far.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 03:55 PM

Its coming along nicely


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