“680 Pound Workbench” Made Out Of Old Growth, White Oak
I made my workbench about 8 years ago. It was made out of 100 year old white oak. The Timbers we used for a old beer company in Omaha Nebraska called Falstaff. The Timbers were used to hold up the old beer vats.
Each timber was 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” Square and 8’-0” long. They were very twisted & warped. The man that sold them to me charged me 1.00 per one. So I bought 100 pieces of timber. The Timbers are very heavy, the growth rings are very tight together approximately 1/32” to 1/64” apart which made the timbers very heavy.
I had to mill them flat on are, “Ornamental Milling Machine”. Which we use for lathe work. It has two Axes points and a router mounted on top. When I was done milling each timber and cut to size. I would weight them on a big scale we have here at work for shipping. The total of just the wood alone was 662 pounds.
I was wanting to make a bench that was very heavy, so that when I was carving on the end vise. I wouldn’t get any movement. So I could carve as hard as I can, and the bench never moves. Thanks for Looking.