Douglas fir and western white pine work bench

After the containers were all buttoned up and energized I started the outfitting. I had some nice clear, mixed grain western white pine left over from a remodel project in Spokane so I decided to use it for the legs and skirt of my workbench. I picked up some flat-sawn fine grain Douglas fir  2x12's at a lumber yard in Tacoma for the table top.

The white pine stock was 5/4 so I laminated two pieces for the leg blanks. I cut the mortises on the legs with a jig, a plunge router with a collar and a 1/2" two-flute high speed steel end mill. I squared the corners up with a chisel.

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Close up of the mortising jig.

After mortising for the stretchers I cut all the tenons with a stacked dado head at the table saw and started the dry fit.

The dry fit checked out so I started the gluing process.

I like to glue the ends first.

After pinning the joint and flush cutting the dowels I glued up the two end assemblies with the long rails and stretcher.

After I finished the base I started work on the top by sizing the three 2x12"s and edge jointing them. I then plowed out a dado for a spline tenon on the appropriate pieces using the stacked dado head at the table saw.

I made the splines out of western white pine for contrast. They were cut so that the grain runs parallel to the table top for strength. After a dry fit and some tweaking I glued the top up and made the finish cuts on the end with a straight edge and a skill saw.

The finished table with a little shellac to seal it up.