I’ve been jonesing for a new bench for what seems like forever. One project after another has been getting in the way but I finally just said “now or never”. My dream bench is one like this:
But, I didn’t have the budget or the time to build it, so I used all the materials I already had to come up with this:
It’s about 64” long, 34” high, 24” wide. I used hard maple and some maple ply for the legs and stretchers. The legs are a torsion box. The vise chop is cherry or mahogany, can’t remember which. The top used to be a bench at a school that was demolished a few years ago. It was sitting in my warehouse and I cut it down to the size I needed. You can see evidence of its previous life here:
Yet to be done:
-Sand the top, but only a little bit. I don’t want the top to be perfect. It’s a workbench and I don’t want to be afraid to hit it or cut on it.
-Add an end vise, which will come from my other bench.
-Drill a row of dog holes
-Finish with a coat or two of oil.
-Drawer bank for the top of the shelf. But I’ve got quite a few other projects ahead of it so I’ll get to it when I can.
Final Verdict: It’s heavy, rock solid, and cost next to nothing to build. Once I’ve worked on it for a while I’ll be able to really evaluate it. Until then…..
Thanks for looking.
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