The build goes on...albeit slowly. However it is a nice milestone in that I finally made it to the lumber yard to buy the wood for the top of the bench. This has been something I kept putting off but finally I had a nice Friday afternoon to head up to Moxon Hardwoods only 10 minutes from my house.
Besides carrying some amazing local hard and softwoods, they are the largest supplier of Australian hardwood flooring in the country. The company is actually Australian owned but just happen to have an outpost in Portland, OR. After getting an awesome tour around the facility the salesmen showed me a huge pallet of 6/4 (1-1/2") thick hard maple slabs. Each slab was 7 to 12" in width and 9' long. These things are heavy. I picked up seven boards which should give me enough to make a top that is 24" wide x 3" thick x 7' long.
A little while before getting the wood for the top I was able to cut a few slats for the bottom shelf from the milled pallet wood. I like the look it gives...reclaimed character for sure. I've got a few more to finish up but it should go pretty fast. Until the next time, stay happy and get your woodworking on.