(Edit: I’ve posted this as a project, too. Here.)
This will be the final blog post of my bench build.
There wasn’t much left to do. I finished the shaping of the chop and deadman, which mostly involved adding roundovers, fairing curves and sanding. Then I applied a coat of Waterlox:
To assist with grip, it helps to add a facing of leather to the inside of the chop. Fortunately, part of the Benchcrafted package.
Sized almost perfectly. Roughed up the chop face and applied the leather with a bit of contact cement later.
Cut the chop pin for the Crisscross to length. Enough to recess it about 1/16” on each side.
Put the deadman in place
And the chop
Here they are together. Already accessorizing…
Here’s closeups of how I blended the curves at the top of the chop. Was done with a rasp. Awesome tool!
And then levelled the front board and endcaps to the rest of the slab.
At this point, I’m calling it done. The top needs to be flattened at some point, but it is close enough to flat that I can defer that task to get to some more pressing projects.
And some overall pics of the bench:
And, of course, the Bondo pose:
The overall dimensions ended up being 33 1/2” high, 99” wide (long?) and 25” deep. The slab is 3 15/16” thick and the legs are 5 11/16” square.
I uploaded my SketchUp model to the warehouse – here's the link
Most of us will only build one bench like this in a lifetime (that’s my plan, at least) and I know that I’d do some things differently. While I haven’t yet used the bench much, I don’t know if I’d end up with a significantly different result, though. I think I’ve covered off all the basic requirements and it is something I can’t ever see outgrowing.
It has been an interesting process, documenting my bench build step-by-step. Sometime I think I’ve been a bit too wordy or have too many pics, while at the same time thinking I’m not showing the right details. Thanks to all who have read parts of this. And my apologies to all who have suffered through the entire thing.
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design