LumberJocks

A Solid Foundation to Build a Future - A New Workbench #1: building the bases

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by bfd posted 03-31-2009 02:31 AM 1489 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of A Solid Foundation to Build a Future - A New Workbench series Part 2: The base comes together »

So my latest project is officially underway. Click Here http://lumberjocks.com/bfd/blog/8062 to see the back story and details. I decide to build from the ground up so I start with the slab legs first.

Here you see one end panel with the heavy duty glides attached and the 3 inner layers of Particle board. The glides are rated for either 1000 or 2000 lbs (either way they should hold!) The layers are glued and screwed together to make a particle board sandwich.

I then attach the other end panel along with the back piece.

Next I mill some 8/4 solid maple leaving it slightly proud of the end panels and glue them in place. Once the glue has cured overnight I come back and plane down the maple until it is flush with the end panels. Once I veneer the sides I will come back and add an additional 1/4” solid maple piece to the front and back giving the look of a solid maple slab. I ordered both my walnut and maple veneer from VeneerSupplies.com and should be receiving that in the next week. Until then I am at a stand still with the legs. The legs prove to have the weight I wanted for stability. the Legs at this point weighs in at 75 lbs a piece!

Here is a picture of the top that I picked up locally.

While I am waiting for my veneer to arrive I decide to mill up my stock for the 4” thick apron.

And then start on the center storage case by cutting the panels that will be veneered in Walnut. Here I have done a quick dry fit and have labeled the parts. I also resaw some walnut to a finished 1/4” thickness that I will use as edging for the case. I also take stock of my other outstanding materials and order the vises and drawer slides from Lee Valley. Hopefully they arrive soon so I can continue work on the top.

Here you can see the current multi purpose bench that will be replaced by the bench I am making. This solved the conundrum of needing a bench to build a bench. It will get reused some where else in my shop.



7 comments so far

View oldskoolmodder's profile

oldskoolmodder

763 posts in 2347 days


#1 posted 03-31-2009 02:39 AM

I’m not sure solid is the right word for those legs, Brian. You’re gonna need a crane to move that thing around, if you ever decide to.

Looking nice so far.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

View BigBard's profile

BigBard

113 posts in 2081 days


#2 posted 03-31-2009 03:11 AM

Excellent job, I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

View Napaman's profile

Napaman

5346 posts in 2744 days


#3 posted 03-31-2009 04:13 AM

great start…Jarrod is right!!! This thing will be done fast…THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT DETAILS!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

View Kevin Depies's profile

Kevin Depies

78 posts in 2035 days


#4 posted 03-31-2009 04:50 AM

Man, besides looking like it will be solid as a rock that bench has some style to it! I’m looking forward to seeing the progress…

View majeagle1's profile

majeagle1

1417 posts in 2163 days


#5 posted 03-31-2009 05:47 AM

Hey Brian, way to go!!!!! What a bench…..... Shouldn’t the name of it be “Gibralter”??
Can’t wait to see the finished piece, I’ll be watching.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13342 posts in 2340 days


#6 posted 08-24-2009 05:25 AM

Great start!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112170 posts in 2244 days


#7 posted 08-24-2009 06:03 AM

looking good

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase