Flattening the bench

I noticed while I was putting together my six board chest that it was wobbling on the bench. Uh oh .. need to flatten.

work bench flatten (1 of 4)

Unbeknownst to me, some one else was also flattening his French Robou Oak Bench yesterday.

CS FORB

Now my bench isn’t made of incredibly old oak cut from monster slabs. It’s a bunch of Douglas fir 2×4 laminated together and it’s pretty nice stuff. I haven’t had the problems with fir that Joe has had with his bench and fir and, based on his experience, I’m glad I got the nicer stuff. Anyway, I really like my bench even though its only got a 3 1/2″ top. But I have to admit, I wish I was going to WIA so I could see the FORB landing. ūüėÄ

Rabbets, rabbets, rabbets ..

I got the chance to add my shelves into the bottom of the workbench.  The solid wood maple shelf pieces will sit on the ledger strips that I installed earlier.  Each shelf piece has a rabbet on opposite side edges so that the pieces fit into one another.

After the rabbets are all done and some notching to fit the pieces around the legs, it looked like this. ¬†Maple is, to me anyway, surprisingly beautiful. ¬†I’m¬†absolutely¬†wanting to make more with maple.

The picture doesn’t do it justice.

In the meantime, Inspector Kitten assessed the cat toy potential of the maple shaving.