Vlog #128: rambling about a workbench and coffee table

Video Notes:

  • I went back to City Hardwoods a week or so ago. Got some nice 20″ wide mahogany and ambrosia maple.
  • The lumber is for an upcoming coffee table build. Not sure when I’ll start on this.
  • I made a hickory workbench to sell? ….nope. I changed my mind. It was an unplanned build. I’ll keep it for at least a few months, maybe forever.
  • The second workbench will replace the assembly table. I LOVE having a large assembly table and if I had a bigger shop I’d keep it. But it’s beginning to feel a bit claustrophobic in the shop and I’m wanting to eventually get a bigger planer which will make it even more tight. Ultimately, 2 workbenches > 1 workbench & 1 assembly table.
  • I’ve got a LOT of hickory offcuts in my way. I’ll probably be making a batch run of cutting boards. Any interest in a generic video for that? Maybe a timelaps?
  • Checkout my giveaway if you haven’t already done so!

A total of 10 people will win something. The following items will be given away.

Terms and conditions:

The randomly selected winner will be determined by the Gleam giveaway and not by me or Shawn personally so please don’t ask us to pick you :) The giveaway ends at the time shown on the giveaway entry widget (end of February 8th, 2018). The winner will be announced immediately on this giveaway page so check back for the winner. The entire giveaway is open to everyone world-wide but the cabinet is only available for pickup only. WE WILL NOT SHIP THE CABINET. None of your information gathered will be shared or sold. I hate spam just as much as you do. We reserve the right to disqualify any entries that I deem suspicious of non genuine entries. Please help me keep this as fair as possible. By entering the giveaway you agree to sign up for Jay’s and Shawn’s email newsletter. By entering the giveaway you agree to these terms and conditions.


  • GRAND PRIZE – David A Carlson
  • 2ND PLACE WINNERS – Stephen Smith, Judd McNutt
  • 3RD PLACE WINNER – Cody Miller
  • 4TH PLACE WINNER – Jim Boyd
  • 5TH PLACE WINNERS – Tim Tarr, Tony Montanaro, Flavio Bautista, Lisa Albrecht, Krissy _

Jay and Shawn’s Giveaway


  1. I love watching your videos and reading your posts, usually my wife begins watching once I start. Keep posting and don’t be afraid to show how things sometimes go differently than planned. It makes the builds even better when adjustments are made to accentuate or hide a flaw.

  2. As I was watching you VLOG #128, I noticed the 20″ wide mahogany boards you were drying on top of your pine workbench. I liked the idea of using clamps and cauls to keep the boards straight as they acclimate to your shop. I used large packing quilts to cover surfaced boards to keep them from warping as well. The quilts insure that air doesn’t impact the boards on one surface more than another, which results in cupping and warping.

Comments are closed.