Thursday: last day of the class. We bolted the bases together and lag bolted the base to the top. The project finally started to look like a workbench! We then installed the front vises, glued and fit the dogs, glued and screwed the runners on for the shelf and tool tray, and sanded the dovetails. Whew.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what the finished project will look like because most of the time in the class is spent working on separate components, and after each day we sweep up a bunch of shavings and chunks of wood that no longer belong to what we are building, so it’s easy to imagine that at the end of a hard and long class we will end up with a big pile of cut-offs and shavings–and we do! But, because of that, each student also finishes with a beautiful, sturdy bench that makes all their hard work worth it. They will enjoy these benches for the rest of their life and can then pass them along to their grandchildren!
Speaking of sturdy….as we were carrying these benches to the trailers and vans, I began wondering if we should advertise them as tornado shelters! It takes a lot of force to move them!
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