We all have to start somewhere.
I’ll be honest right away: I’ve never really been interested in woodworking. Not that it was guaranteed but there was no training provided to me at any point on the subject.
This all started when a friend and I jokingly stated that we were going to start a business. Not just any business… but a driftwood tie bar business. Tie bars. Made of driftwood. I’m as confused as you are.
It really was a joke. However, there were times when I would say to myself “I could actually made one of these, though.” So we collected some driftwood. Most of it sat in a pile on my balcony for a while and we kept saying how we were totally going to put some of these together. I even ordered 15 tie bars from Alibaba for cheap just to get some prototypes going. The unfortunate thing is that I didn’t really have any place to work.
Upon moving in 2016, I realized that I could start executing on this incredible business idea. The first thing any woodworker needs is a bench. Everything you see here will most likely be the first time I’ve ever done something like this and I knew I had a lot to learn.
I searched the internet for how to put this together and came across these plans as being rather popular.
I don’t own a truck but when I get my mind-set on something, it’s going to happen regardless of what it takes. So I rented a U-Haul from down the road and went to home depot. I never really realized how heavy a 4×8 sheet of plywood was. Especially the 3/4″stuff. I struggled to load all of this into the back of the truck and headed home.
The first big task was to cut the top shelf. I had purchased a Black & Decker battery-powered circular saw which used the same battery as my drill. Unfortunately, it did not have enough power to really push through this board and kept stopping.
I could smell some plastic melting at one points and decided enough was enough. Borrowing a corded circular saw from a coworker, it cut through the 3/4″ plywood like butter.
I made all the 2×4 cuts outside with the circular saw and assembled from there. Kudos to this dude for putting this video together on how to assemble the pieces as it was extremely helpful.
I cut the bottom shelf piece out shortly after and moved on to the next steps: the frame.
Attached the top and added the legs. It was at this time I learned how amazing wood glue was. These were secured with nails but I really had no idea how strong glue could be to reinforce.
Reinforced the frame with some braces and added another more pieces to the legs. I actually felt like I could actually finish this thing by this point.
Flipped the thing over and added the bottom shelf. It was complete!
I must have sneaked a peek at this thing multiple times throughout the week just to remind myself that I actually built something. I bought a small can of poly + stain just because I wanted to spice it up and applied a coat to the bench.
Now I had a place to work – and I absolutely took advantage of it. More to come.