I built a workbench. I had been thinking about doing the old solid door on saw horses trick, but changed my mind. The thought of setting that up everytime that I wanted to work was depressing. I found one at Fine Woodworking. It is strong. I have built the base and the top. I did learn a few things from the project. 1st is that there is a reason that you should start working on things that will go in your shop before working on fine furniture. I mis-drilled the holes in the 4×4s 3 times before getting it correct. There are quite a few extra holes in the base as well as some extra dados. They don’t effect the structure, but I am glad that I don’t have the display it anywhere. The second thing I learned is the concept of relational dimensioning. It is a fancy term meaning that you should not cut all of your pieces and then assemble them and hope they fit. You should build each piece off of the last so that they fit. You may need to cut something to 9 ¼” instead of 9 1/8”, but it does not matter if you just work on fitting it to the piece. I did use the 2 ply MDF top. It is not my favorite, but I like the idea of using it and experimenting with dog hole an vise locations on it before doing it with an expensive top. I installed the vise using lag screws from the bottom into the MDF. That lasted about 20 minutes of working in the vise before the screws ripped out. I have reinstalled using carriage bolts from the top. It works much better. I will post it in projects.
Next up is building some cabinets to put underneath the workbench to store my hand tools.