Today I had to take on the bench build solo. I finished milling the legs to final width, height, and length. I set up a stop on the miter saw in order to ensure all for legs were exactly the same length, nothing worse than a rocking bench you just spent a month building!
Next came the standing them up and deciding which piece I wanted where. You want the best looking faces in the most visible areas.
Lastly I marked the legs according to the plans so there would be no confusion when it comes time to layout the many many mortises.
So let me fill you in, two years ago our club bought a bench from Lie Nielson to raffle off and make a little money for the club. Everything worked out great as we sold all the tickets and someone was very happy with their new bench.
The thing is is that we are a woodworking club, why wouldn't we build and raffle a bench ourselves? Well after letting that stew for about a year the club bit the bullet and ordered the hardware to build a nice split top workbench.
Fast forward to today and construction is under way. Now most of us have some sort of background in fine woodworking but this will challenge are skills and hopefully help us develop some new ones.
The last couple of days we worked on milling the rough lumber square for the 4 massive 5"x3.5" legs. We had to laminate 3 boards together to get the proper thickness, we decided to go with Maple 7/4 on the outsides and Walnut 2/4 in the middle.