Tonight marked another step towards building that seminal rite of passage in the woodworking: building one’s own workbench.
Today we have a plethora of resources on the ins and outs of workbench design, not the least of which is Chris Schwarz’s book Workbenches:
Not only do we have this book, but several other instructional sources for building our own benches. There have also been several bloggers who have shared their experiences while building their benches (just to link a few). I’ve been following and reading all I can in preparation for constructing my own bench.
Part of that preparation has been looking for a bunch of wood to use for the bench top. I’ve made a regular habit of combing Craigslist every couple of days to see if I could find that hidden gem of an ad offering the impossible. I think I found it. Tonight I bought (literally) a truck load of southern yellow pine – a Schwarz bench top favorite:
That’s forty-two 10 foot 2x6s and six 12 foot 2x6s. I got the whole lot (almost 500 board feet) for a ridiculously low price of $125! There’s probably enough wood in there to build two nice workbenches. As I was unloading the boards out of the truck, I couldn’t help but wonder if I should build a 10 foot long bench with a 6 inch thick top!
The biggest negative with a score this size is I don’t really have a whole lot of room to store the wood until I can get to actually using. While there are projects in progress in the garage (especially big ones like the crib), I have resorted to the Wood Zealot’s storage system – my dining room floor*!
*Note – this storage location is wife approved.