Well, it is a fairly minor revision. I went to the lumberyard today and I got a pretty good deal on some 4×4 rough cedar wood for the base. The base is going to be built completely out of cedar. Cedar is one of my favorites woods to work with. They sell it here in in much nicer dimensions than the regular stock. Nice square edges and nearly full size. The 2×4 lumber is actually almost 2” x 4”. What a concept. It smells nice and it cuts easily. Tools do need to be sharp though. I may break down tomorrow when I am cutting the mortises but so far, no electrons have died in making this.
Right now, I have the leg modules sitting in clamps I don’t have the mortises cut out yet though. That will be tomorrow once the glue sets up and I trim off the filler I just finished with. I cheated on the joinery for the ends. I just cut a dado on the cap pieces and epoxied them on. I still had some left over from my last boat and it doesn’t keep indefinitely. I might as well use it. I also filled a few knots and the boundaries of the dadoes.
I moved the rails down a bit on my model since I last thought about it. I probably will not make built in storage under the bench. Once I thought about it, the storage I had originally planned would get in the way of the bottom ends of the holdfasts. I can put some smaller storage across the stretchers that is removable.
Once I get the base put together, I can glue up the top. I am going with 3 layers of 3/4 hardwood ply with a sacrificial 3/8 in tempered hardboard on top. I will put an edging of 3/4×3 1/2 pine around the edge of the top to dress it up a bit.
The bottom piece of ply I will have to cut out clearance for the vise. I might have to take a little bit out of the next sheet but I won’t know for sure until I get everything lined up and see how stuff fits.
I am also going to add some feet to the legs.No real reason other than I thought it looked better that way.
So, unless anything comes up with the rest of the build, this is what the final bench will look like. I have not really decided on the edge treatment for the base though. I am waffling between just putting a radius on them or chamfering them. That will be the last thing I do before I put the top on though so I have time to think about it.
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