Workbench Recap

Back in the Summer of 2009, I built ‘my own’ workbench from British beech and briefly documented the build process on my previous blog, over on the UKworkshop site. Sadly, this function of the site is no longer available, even to viewers – which is a shame, as I used to see a fair amount of traffic coming through to this blog from there… 😉 For the not-too-distant future, I’m considering a couple more upgrades for my ‘bench, which would basically involve splitting the top in two (so that I could centralise the tool well) and fit a wagon vice on one end; all as detailed in the brand-new issue of British Woodworking magazine. For a preview on that article, if you haven’t seen this issue, take a look at Nick Gibbs’ blog. In the mean time, I thought I’d keep you entertained with a second look (for some) of how it all went together. Of course, for those of you who haven’t seen this ‘bench before, I hope there’s something you can take away from it all.

It all started when I flattened my car following a routine trip to Interesting Timbers

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Beautiful Beech

On a much lighter, less-sickening note, I wanted to share with you this lump of beech I found while tidying up my workshop last week:

Although I can’t recall the other dimensions, it’s 2in (54mm) thick and is leftover of the stash I bought home last year when I was building a dining table for my mother. Well, I never actually planned to use it on that table – I saw this board at Interesting Timbers and just “had” to get it in to my car!! 🙄 Since then, it’s been buried deep behind my wood pile (mostly oak and MDF) and, looking at the grain, I’m starting to think about what I might be able to use it for…

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