Putting the "log" back in Blog

Not so humble beginnings…

Posted on November 7th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

20" diameter, 12' long Rock Maple log getting ready to cut

So I have finally begun the build on a project at least two years in the making. What started as an opportunistic acquisition of @300 bd-ft of rock maple, grew into a 2+ year air-drying process in my back yard.

I had a local sawyer slice up a 12′ long, 20″ diameter maple log that had fallen from a category 1 hurricane that hit Cincinnati back in 2009. This tree was one of the casualties. These 2″ slabs were cut, and then stacked for drying for the next two years. ¬†They are now down below 10% moisture content, and ready to be rough milled and moved inside.

Rock maple cut and stacked for drying

They are to become my future workbench project. A split-top Roubo bench that uses Benchcrafted’s hardware and detailed plans. My goal is to have this ready by the Springtime. I’ve got my work cut out for me. Here is a quick snapshot of what I’m aiming for, with of course, a few modifications of my own.

Another craftsman's completed Split-Top Roubo Bench

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