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Thread: Workbench tease

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN

    Workbench tease

    Here fellow woodworkers is the beginning of my workbench. I got the timbers from a timber framing business that went under last summer. The wood is Douglas Fir (I think) and Oak. They range in size from 4x4 to 12x12. I plan in the next few days to pick through and get them in the dry so they can start drying out. As you can see in the picture a few have some rot, but only a small amount.

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  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    be sure to take pictures john
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2006
    I am looking forward to your thread. Everyone loves a bench build!
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2007
    That is going to be a great bench! specially because it is reclaimed Wood, I love it when we can give a second use to some wood that otherwise would end on the fire pile or junkyard. I look forward to see its transformation!!
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  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Certainly looks like it will be sturdy!
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  6. #6
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    Nov 2012
    Wapakoneta, OH
    This is going to be fun to follow!

  7. #7
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    Jan 2011
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Sorry you have to use such old wood, rather than that really fresh whitewood they sell at the big box stores. You know, the stuff that is so fresh it is dripping water?

    On a serious note, I will still be anxious to see the final product, and hopefully some pictures of the progress.

  8. #8
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    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN
    Slow, but a little progress. I got what will become the base brought in to dry. Planning on 5x5 for the legs. I have some oak that I cut 8/4 that's been air drying for around 5 years that I'm thinking of using for the top. Once this dries I'll use my mill to cut it down into what I need. The top piece is a 12x12x4 ft.

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  9. #9
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Step by step it will become a reality. Monster chunks of wood there. They look as if they were originally dry and rough milled; have they just been outside as far as what you are calling wet?
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  10. #10
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    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN
    They were milled and dryer at some point. They've been exposed to the elements for probably a year.

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