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 cut the bottom shelf piece out shortly after and moved on to the next steps: the frame.
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.
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.