"Wood is good." I'm comfortable attempting my first bench work. I've read books, studied articles and made mental notes on layout visits. But most of all, I'm comfortable with the required tools, techniques and materials as a background in architectural studies and a lifetime interest in home remodeling gives me a solid foundation. I think, probably... well hopefully.
The basic plan is to use 1" x 3" kiln-dried clear pine and build simple grid sections 20" deep that vary in length from 80" - 96". Sections will be bolted together and screwed into the wall. Diagonal struts anchored at the room's baseboard will support the bench work and provide plenty of freedom from wandering feet. The peninsula is very similar, but will have leg units that mimic the diagonal struts.
Clamps and temporary legs, plus the ledger strip, allowed me to install the bench work sections one at a time all by my lonesome. So far, so good. No need for the magic tripod yet, but some outlet covers would be nice.
The 5/4" x 2" strut is rock solid. Two screws do the trick up top,
while the bottom is screwed into the baseplate through the baseboard.
The peninsula legs did eventually get adjustable screw-in 'feet.'
Once the basic bench work was in place, I leveled, plumbed, tightened and braced where need be. But I was anxious to resolve my lighting issues before going any further. Tomorrow on the OML... "You light up my life." Until then, best wishes to those celebrating Easter Sunday.
BONUS: RHETORICAL QUESTION OF THE DAY...
True or false? The author has been accused of being "way too neat" by his railroad friends who also claim that he "dusts his bench work."