WorkBench Build #1: Design Sketches

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Blog entry by Doug McPherson posted 02-07-2012 08:50 PM 2604 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My friend and I are in the planning stages of doing a joint, side-by-side build of some new workbenches. This will start with the logs and hiring a guy with a woodmizer to mill the timber in to boards. It looks like we are going to be using red oak, as we are able to get more than enough at the going price of fire/cord wood, then paying $.30/bd ft. to have it rough sawn.

So, this won’t begin till next winter after it dries.

Here are a couple sketches. No secrets here on the design inspiration. The tail vice design is largely taken from fellow lumberjock CartersWhittling He’s been very helpful in his workbench build blog.

I’m really considering trying to make his jig to cut the wooden screws and nuts for this. The Benchcrafted hardware is beyond my reach financially, but I think the wooden screw option would be super rewarding to do and would both function and look great.

Any and all suggestions and feedback are welcomed. Thanks.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 09:34 PM

If it ends up like you show it on paper you ll have one heck of a bench.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 10:00 PM

I should have also mentioned that I am left-handed. Anyone want to create a sketchup drawing?;-)

-- DullChiselDoug,

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