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Precursor of a bench

Posted by is9582 on December 3, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , ,

For anyone that has been following my blog, or my articles at Highland Woodworking for the last 5 years, you know I’ve had a bench build on my to-do list. For those that don’t know my background, I’ve had a number of iterations over the years, but never had all of the stars align to build a better bench.

I used a workmate for a little while, but struggled cutting precision joints, as there just wasn’t enough mass to knock out the saw vibrations. I attempted to build the base of my current bench, using some redwood from the big box stores, but I couldn’t get the joints to come together. Fast forward to when I got the earliest SawStop model saw, and integrated a home-made vise, to the holes on the left cast-iron wing. Finally I had the means to hold parts solidly, and also used the saw’s top as a “bench”. I pulled the base parts out of a storage stack, and re-worked the joints. All was good in the world again. With the base glued up, I had three layers of 3/4″ plywood, stacked as the bench top. From there it’s shifted to a double-layer of Ikea counter tops, 24″ x 48″, which is present day.

Today I chose some 12/4 Soft Maple at my local Dakota Premium Hardwoods, and they’ll drop it off here tomorrow. My cars just couldn’t handle two 14′ sticks and one 16′ stick. Haha.

Now I just have to wait to get the wood delivered, and fit the build into my “busy” schedule. 😉  You know I’ll be sure to document a good part of the build, so stay tuned. Sorry I missed the photo op today.

Thanks for stopping by.


Lee Laird