I decided to build a better workbench that would be more conducive to the way work. I like to make furniture and cabinets and needed something that would handle clamping case goods, cabinet doors, assembled drawers and all the other assemblies that go into my work. I did a LOT of research on workbench design, read all the books, perused the many websites and eventually decided on a design. The workbench is the Holtzapffel design from Chris Shwarz’ book, with some minor modifications to suit my personal requirements. Here are some photos of the build:
Beginning top lamination, 3” white ash
Adding one strip at a time to the top.
Laminating more strips, vertical clamps keep edges aligned.
Adding more strips to get to the final width.
Added the benchdog strips on each side.
Another view of the dog strips.
Leveling the top with hand planes. My buddy Paul bought over his number 8 and we got cracking, working our way down to my number 4.
Making the front vise, using 1.5 inch maple screws I cut with Beall threader.
I cut the vice chop down to size,added bolsters and handles, and planed the chop even with the benchtop. The chop is 3” thick.
I put 25” between the screws, so I can get case good sides in the vise for dovetailing.
The wooden screws work great! I used beeswax to lubricate them.
Dogs in action with end vise.
End view. It weighs a ton!
Putting it to good use.