Goal Build a work bench in only a few hours over the coarse of a week, and for less than $100.00
The result: Absolutely no fine joinery – I am using 2×4’s glued and screwed – and doubled up instead of half-lapping them. Of course I used hot hide glue for extra strength since I don’t have any 90” clamps :)
The top is a 30×80 solid core door. This term is misleading because it isn’t really “solid”. Save for the 2” on each edge, it’s filled with MDF Fluff. It’s over 100lbs, but will not hold dogs well. I planned for this and ran some 8/4 oak I had laying around under the dog track.
While I am far from the best woodworker, my one gift in life is the ability to drill straight holes free hand. I started these by bottoming a 3/4” forstner bit, then finishing it up with a spade. They took forever but came out well
On the other end is a craftsman 6” vise that is older than I am. It was my dads and I spend a lot of time with it as a kid. I replaced the old plywood jaws with 8” long ash and drilled corresponding dog holes
I also integrated a tool rack for my nice bubinga handled woodriver chisels and my combo squares. I routed a flute for pencils in front of it. The finish is 2 coats of BLO and 2 coats of Danish oil. I would have skipped the BLO but I was running really low on Danish oil. (fun fact – the paint on the 2×4’s almost costs more than the bench itself. It’s Bear Marquee paint+primer left over from our bedroom in the old house)
And here is a preview of what is to come soon
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