It’s been about 6 months since I purchased a bench from a discount tool store, and I am in desperate need of something else. The bench is cheaply made, and even for having glued the joints prior to assembly, there is too much sway and movement for hand tool work. The included wooden vise is falling apart, and the wood is cracking.
Yesterday, I started to build out a new bench, constructed of Douglas Fir 2×4’s. At less than $3 a board, I couldn’t beat the price. I will be laminating the top in four sections as it will be easier to work on with my planes. and assemble. I finished section one today, and it came out beautifully. Tools used so far: Veritas LA Jack Plane, Veritas winding sticks. The legs will be made of two laminated 2×4’s, and the stretchers single boards. The frame will be mortised and tenon construction.
My hope is that this new bench with vises, hardware etc. will weigh around 200 pounds. I have not yet decided whether I want to add aprons to the bench, or make it more traditional style. With the need for weight, I may entertain adding aprons for rigidity and bulk.