After seeing all of the amazing workbenches here on LJ, I finally got motivated. I had set aside a piece of bowling lane for the top, but the bowling lane is full of nails. So instead of a traditional bench with dog holes and tail vise and such, I decided to make a workbench/assembly table hybrid. I knew I wanted a large work surface but the 8 ft. by 42 inch piece of bowling lane was just a little too big. I trimmed it down to 7 ft by 32 inches and backed it with 3/4 inch plywood to keep it flat. The resulting slab is over 3 inches thick and nice and heavy.
I wanted the stand to be nice and sturdy, so I set out to find 6 by 6’s for the legs. I went to a local lumberyard and the guy there told me he had some glue laminated SYP beams and he would give me a 16 footer for 40 bucks. I cut them down to size, cut the mortises on my drill press and rounded over the edges.
For the stretchers, I took 2 by 8’s and ripped them down to 6 inches to have nice sharp corners. After a few practice cuts, I got the tenons right and cut all of the stretchers.
I glued them up and clamped with some big ratchet straps. My first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery was a success!
I decided to paint the base black to make the top the focal point. The top is attached with pocket screws and the bottom shelf is a second piece of bowling lane. Note the bolt on dollies I borrowed from my company to make this thing mobile while i work on it. It is heavy!
I painted a cheap face vise to match the base and added some trim around the top.
Now on to the shuffleboard table…