I’ve been wanting to build a bench for a long time now. My brother bought me a LV large vise quite awhile ago which had been the major money stumbling block at the time. Well life happens and I never built the bench. I have been using an old oak table that I had scrounged from somewhere, here it is:
So today being “Louis Reil Day”...an excuse for the government to give us a day off in February… I figured I’d catch up on some projects that have been sitting far too long. First is a couple of folding step stools which require a number of mortice and tenon joints. So they are all laid out ready to cut, except i have no real good way to hold em and make tidy joints. “Okay thats it” I say to myself “today i am going to start that bench”. I’d been doing a bunch of reading and youtube watching and decided i am going to take a stab at the bench Paul Selkers builds in his video on benches. So i’m measuring out my old oak table for the dimensions of my bench, do a quick materials list and then it hits me… I like this table, its a good solid surface rigid and has a bit of personal historical significance. The only downside is that there is no place to mount a vise as the apron that holds the one drawer is in the way.
Now this table is about the right size for my shop, it was a bit low but I’ve modified the legs to bring it upto a good working height.
I turned it over and figured I could just build up the top and cut a gap in the apron. Turns out the two inch thickness is not just a lip around the edge of the table but more of a 10” ledge. More than enough room and thickness to solidly mount the vise.
I’ll post more in a bit but my “5 Guys” hamburger is ready and I’m real hungry.
-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2