|Project by Alistair||posted 05-06-2014 11:56 PM||3503 views||7 times favorited||16 comments|
I recently finished my workbench after a several-month long build. As I can only dedicate time to my woodworking in my free time, things took a little longer than anticipated.
The bench is made from softwood from B&Q, I think the US equivalent is Lowes?
The two halves of the bench top is made from laminations of 3” x 2” lengths
The Aprons are made from three laminated 2” x 4”s
The legs are made from two laminated 2” x 4”s
Overall dimensions of the bench are:
I have both limited shop space and budget, so I chose a design that would give a good deal of strength and rigidity relative to cost and would fit in my workshop/single garage easily.
I modelled the design around the Paul Sellers workbench but added my own tweaks here and there, drawing Inspiration from Bob Rozaieski and also Richard Maguire. Rather than having a tool well, I chose to have a reversible central insert that can either sit flush with the bench top, or be reversed to become a planing stop. So far it is working a treat and I love it.
The vice is a 9” quick release Dakota vice. I have to be honest, I was devastated that the casting was out of square, but I managed to compensate for that when fitting the vice. I then used an old Oak floorboard for the vice jaw liners. I wanted something sturdy that would last. I am not too concerned with using a wood that is harder than the work piece and this has yet to cause me any issues and I have been using the bench for a couple of weeks now.
The bench is finished using Danish Oil. I applied 3 coats with a rag, then rubbed the bench down with 0000 wire wool and then applied a fourth and final coat. It is the first time I have used Danish Oil and I am very pleased with the final feel and finish that it gives.
All in all I am happy with the workbench and now I can get cracking on completing actual woodwork projects!
I have tried to cover as many key points as possible and included the relevant pictures. But is anyone has any questions or comments, then please let me know.
All the best.
-- For more details about this project please check out my Blog: http://shavingsandawl.com