Wednesday, July 9, 2014

More Benchwork Work

If you couldn't tell, I'm in a building kinda mood. I've been dedicating a minimum of 30 minutes and no more then about 1 1/2 hours each night to doing something layout related. Tonight (last night?) was no different. I removed the 3" I needed on the sections of benchwork using my trusty cordless Kobalt Sawzall. Seriously, this tool is awesome, highly recommend. Here's the resulting benchwork:

I think I mentioned this previously but I've had some of the wood have moldy looking spots on them. I remember seeing this on one or two pieces of plywood that I ripped into these 1x3s. I really didn't think anything of it at the time but obviously when I saw it on the layout on more then one piece, I started cutting and throwing stuff out. Well, today I discovered the main culprit. The piece in the bottom picture above had nothing but that mold/mildew spots on it as well as this big long streak UNDER the primer/sealer I had put on. I immediately tossed it. I'm hoping that's the last of it. On a bright note, I found a whole bunch of 1x3s I had cut up that I forgot I had since I had cleaned the basement and stacked them all nicely under the benchwork. I don't know about everyone else, but I can never find anything after I clean. Moving along, I put up one of the fronts, reusing the good one from the set I took down.

I then laid out the rest of the fronts mixing and matching the sizes I need to finish. After I did this, I realized, these are last pieces, except for any angled pieces I need and whatever goes in for the helix, of benchwork I need to put up before I can start with risers. I'm very excited. Hopefully by Saturday everything is up and we're talking about risers starting to pop-up. Here's a panoramic view of the remaining work to be done.


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