Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Start of a New Workbench

Since I had a little down time this weekend due to my missing veneer glue, I decided to start breaking down the stock for a new workbench.  This one will be geared towards chair making and double as an assembly table for other work.  A friend up in Kingston has a mass of rough sawn air dried white oak which will be perfect.  A few weeks ago I took a trip up there and came home with a pile.

All of the boards are 8/4 and range from 6 to 12 inches wide, which I let acclimate in the shop and dry out since they have been stored outside.  I am shooting for a bench that is 36" wide and a bit over 5' long.  The top was going to be 4" thick, but it made better use of what I had of this fine oak to shoot for something less so I am hoping for 3 3/4".  Here are the top boards cut to rough size and stacked to acclimate for another week or so.

It is real nice stuff underneath the weather beaten exterior.  And, I should have enough left over for the legs and stretchers.

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