Finally…. after a year-an-a-half of waiting, delays, other projects, and tool acquisitions, I started milling my lumber for my workbench.
I wrote previously about my plans for my “Ambidextrous Grizz-ubo Bench”, here.
I cleared off the junk that was sitting on top of my wood pile and set up the jointer and dust collector.
I plan to make the legs about 6×6 inches, or as near as milling allows. The saw mill couldn’t cut these for me with his equipment, so I will use 3x6s and glue them up. The leg timbers had twisted a little as they dried, but not too badly.
It took a few passes and I had to deepen the depth of cut a little, but it came out well in the end.
You can see how much lighter in color it appears after the rough sawn face is jointed.
I stopped after the first timber to clean sap off of the jointer tables. This wood is not kiln dried and even after 18 months, the sap is wet and sticky. I cleaned it up with mineral spirits and then applied a new coat of paste wax. This was actually overdue in any case, and made the next three timbers easier to push over the beds.
I cut the timber in half with a crosscut handsaw. In hindsight, I should have done this first. It would have been easier to handle the smaller lengths on the jointer.
There is no point going any further with the milling at this point until the leg is glued up. Once dry, I can mill the piece as though it were a solid roughsawn 6×6. Here’s what I ended up with.
However, how should I glue it up?
Like this (with the grain all aligned)?
Or like this (with the grain alternating)?
My instinct is that the second would be better as the glue joint would help to stabilize or reduce any wood movement. The first picture just looks as though it is going to warp more to me. But… I could be way off!
Any thoughts on this?