Thought some of you might find this interesting. I'm taking a class at Santa Fe Community College on how to make a workbench. The class meets 9-5 every day for two weeks (so most of the students are retired old farts like me). At the end of the class we will have built a workbench for each of the ten students. Basically everyone is building the same workbench except you get to chose lefty or righty, tool tray or not, height of the bench, and you pick your own vises.
Its my first experience in "production" woodworking. Everyone takes a small task and does it for all ten workbenches. Yesterday I chopped 40 mortises to connect the legs to the stretchers and glued up ten rails with dog holes. Frankly it feels a little disconnected, after getting used to doing projects from start to finish by myself. The other weird part is that I, like most of the students, haven't done a 40 hour week of physical labor in a long time (about 30 years for me).
It is exciting, though to see the benches coming together. We will be finished next Friday, so this weekend I gotta figure out where in the heck I'm gonna put it
OK, here's some pics. One shows the legs/bottom/top of the trestle assembly - 80 components. We are using floating tenons 3 1/2 inches long, 3/4 inch thick,and 2 inches wide. The next pic shows the glueup of the 72 inch long dog rail. We dado dog holes into one face and then laminate the other face to that. Each piece takes about 30 clamps - yes, you can never have enough clamps
I'll post pics of the finished products next week.