|Workshop by Michael Anthony Zelonis||posted 02-05-2014 11:17 AM||1321 reads||0 times favorited||4 comments|
As I rent, I share a workspace with a housemate. Unfortunately we are polar opposites, I am OCD, meticulous, and well organized. He…..is not. I built my carving bench based on a design my father came up with for his general workbench in my childhood home. Primarily my design is bigger, 48”Wx 58”L (made with 2-3 people in mind for now, and 1 person and some small power bench tools in the future), and more heavily constructed. I used pressure treat for the legs in case of water exposure (we had 1/2” of water over most of the basement floor last year after 3 days of heavy rain), standard pine lumber for the frame, and 2” yellow pine for the top with 3 coats of poly. I originally was looking for red oak, but it was not available at the time in the width I wanted and white oak was very costly. Maple was a consideration, but working on a disability income the pine was the best option considering that if a section became to damaged to be functional it could be replaced inexpensively. After a year, the surface has only a few nicks in it and is holding up very well. A few months after construction I added a 9” Wood River vise and a bench dog system. While my workshop is a small space, less than 150sq ft., it suites almost every need for the moment, all I am missing is a centrally located bench grinder (we have one in the garage which is unheated), a bench top drill press for drilling chip relief holes, and a small band saw for removing excess material from a carving blank. All of which I hope to have in my own home, God willing, by the end of next year!
-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.