Build a Bench from a Log Cabin
This morning, Glen Huey, Megan Fitzpatrick and I went into rural Ohio to fetch some wood for a new workbench for Megan’s study (it’s long story; ask her).
Megan had scored some sweet Eastern white pine logs that were left over from building a log cabin; they were kiln dried, fairly clear and about 10 years old. All for $100. The only problem was that some were 17′ long , too long even for Glen’s capacious lorry (as Megan would put it).
We couldn’t saw all the way through these beams with a circular saw (they were more than 7″ x 7″), so we made Megan finish the cuts with a bowsaw.
Honestly, can you believe Megan isn’t married yet? Send your dating requests (and references) to my e-mail.
After we stacked these logs in the shop back in Cincinnati I took a reading on their moisture content. All of them were less than 10 percent MC.
– Christopher Schwarz
Other Workbench and Megan-related Resources
– Megan on the cover of the November 2009 issue with her LVL workbench. Suitable for framing….
– “Build an 18th-century Workbench” a new DVD with Christopher Schwarz.
– Read all my posts on workbenches. Warning: this will take a while.