Step one… Scroung around for usable wood.Newfangled Freebie
I started work this weekend on a newfangled workbench. Thanks to those who have posted their previous projects (Nedb,Jeff, Ben and others) - they were all a big help in trying to piece together the bench from the kinda vague fww article. All the information in the world couldn't stop me from making some mistakes along the way though… (It's going to be a little shorter than planned) I guess that is to be expected, as this is one of my first solo projects.
Once I had an idea what I was going to build, the search for Doug fir began. My search was fruitless though, as not many places here in Ontario stock DF anymore. A few more calls and I found some inexpensive ash in small pieces. This seemed like it could be a hassle and I want this thing done.
I was inspired by the cool bench Bandit threw together, so I decided to scrounge through my woodpile. I have lots of oddball trim and studs left over from the ongoing restoration of our 1800's farmhouse - I figured there may be enough to get the bench done.
One of the 2×4's looks like OLD (1890) white pine, but some newer ones (1950's) look like southern yellow pine. It's hard as nails and kind of waxy, with a wavy grain like syp. (maybe hemlock?) Not sure what it is really, but it will work. I found some oak slabs that will be going on top along with a few pieces of trim that will be laminated to finish the bill.
Ironically - I scored some cheap clamps on closeout at Sears last week ($7 a pop). So, the only parts purchased have been 2 more clamps, some screws and glue.
Step two … buy more clamps. (you're gonna need 'em)