Sorry for the long break. I noticed that my wood was not acclimated yet, then my parents came into town, then we went to visit a neighbor island, project for the wife and now finally back to my bench build.
This week I edge jointed all the top pieces and skip planed 6 boards for glue up. I have decided the best way to proceed is to do the glue up in sections. I am going to glue up 4 sections of 3 boards and 1 section of 2 boards. I think this will make the glue up process easier and hopefully have to do less hand planing after glue up. Without a jointer this is a bit of a challenge plus my bench top planer can only handle 6" thick stock. I am hoping that this will help me hit my final width of 24".
I wanted to glue up 2 of the 3 sections but I ran out of glue and barely made it through one glue up.
Has it really been that long since I posted? Darn... The bench is finished and in action. I'd like to build an under bench cabinet for easy access to planes, chisels, and saws, so I'll work on that next. Until then, it works.
I'll take some photos of the pig as it stands today and post them soon.
Thanks for the very kind words, encouragement helps to get up in the morning, eat some Aleve and start working!
Another 15.5 hour day, the pic says it all though. I wanted to work on the inlay after gluing the top down, the clamps were kind of in the way, so, started packing up and cleaning up the garage. The accessories are the ones we made, the little shelf will have a bowl cut into it, and we are still finishing up the wine holders and trays.
What is left to do tomorrow?
Complete the inlay on top and probably the sides, just Holly on the sides, so hopefully quick.
Fit the inserts into the table.
Drill the hole for the poker upper thingy - will require a new drill bit, we couldn't locate the extra long one
Lathe up a poker upper thingy and fit it into the table.
Pack the van.
What a great two weeks of construction with the Dad. Very tired, but very proud of what we have built. The most square thing either of us have done.