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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Mmmmm… Maple!

Last week, I received a surprise visit form Nick Gibbs (editor of British Woodworking magazine), not long after I’d finished an early shift at work. Nick was (sort of) passing by and wanted to hand-over this odd length of what he believes to be “ripple maple” (…or is it fiddleback sycamore?!).

Whatever species it may be, it certainly has something lovely figuring with those medullary rays predominant on both sides!

Dimensions are: 28in (710mm) long x 11in (280mm) wide x 1in (25mm) thick.

When we met prior to last week’s visit, Nick had suggested that he had this length lying around and that it was so nice, he wanted to keep it – yet, at the same time, he didn’t know what to do with it and it was getting in the way! A Catch22 situation, if you will… Having looked at this length (which has been thickness-planed to clean up both faces), I’m still not quite sure what to do with it myself. It’ll probably turn in to some kind of box or a small, ornamental item. It’s a little bit like the 4″x2″ Challengewhat can you make from a single length of wood?

By the way, any thoughts are always welcome. 🙂

Thanks for reading.