Oak Workbench #3: Adding cherry strips

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Blog entry by MattD posted 09-13-2007 05:12 AM 3036 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I think it’s finally resembling something similar to a bench top. I squared off the sides of the top and routed out a space for some 1” cherry strips.

Lots of scraping and sanding left to do. I’m starting to look at some different hardware options. I’m fairly settled on a basic front and end vise, but I’m not sure what to get. Looking at some old columbian and record vises or even some wood screw vises (Which seem to be hard to find.)

Here are the inlaid cherry strips ready for a hand plane and card scraper! The two strips are bookmatched to each other and there is a really cool pattern on one end that you can’t see too well in this picture.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 09-13-2007 06:03 AM

Matt -

Looks beautiful! What are your plans for the base? Looking forward to see what the top looks like with the cherry strips. What are your plans for finish?



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#2 posted 09-13-2007 05:37 PM

This with need and hefty base.. nice use of scrap.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#3 posted 09-13-2007 11:55 PM

If you’re interested in wood screws, I have a tap and die for 1” screws. I’d loan them out. The only problem with wood is that you can’t put the same ammount of pressure on them.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 09-14-2007 12:27 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Bruno – I appreciate your offer to loan out the tap and die. Building a wood vise has crossed my mind! Now I know why the workbench books say it will take more time than you expect to build a bench. (well. that’s true for all my projects)

David – I am thinking of a fairly thick pine base with maybe a green or blue milk paint finish. I’d probably add a drawer cabinet later. Probably 50/50 turp/blo for the top. I love the smell of that stuff.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#5 posted 09-14-2007 01:19 AM

I built one last year that is pretty big… I was thinking I would use some angle iron shop fox legs till I could build maple ones but am going to take them off for a set of these I ordered and not go with wood… I got the caster set as well and have heard they are great but will move a bit with them on… I hope it works as well in reality as it does in my head.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#6 posted 09-15-2007 06:36 PM

That’s going to be one beautiful bench.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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