|Project by John||posted 07-22-2014 11:04 PM||3610 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
This is my workbench I built out of a reclaimed bowling lane. I came across the lane for the best price: Free. As many have come to learn, these large slabs of laminated maple are riddled with hardened spiral shank nails. I first cut the lane to a length of about seven feet, then I cut along a lamination to a width of 30 inches. The top stayed this way for some time while I tried to figure how to drill dog holes without hitting any nails. I finally decided to split the top and add full length strips of pre-drilled maple. This took some time and several circular saw blades. I then flattened the top by hand, and finished it with BLO.
The base is inspired by the John White’s New Fangled Workbench. I originally tried to save a few bucks and had a pipe clamp vise. I found it to be more trouble than it was worth, so I upgraded to a Lee Valley front vise. The tail vise is a Jorgenson woodworking vise, and is adequate to my purpose. I plan to build a drawer cabinet for the backside, to add rigidity and mass, but I am waiting until I acquire materials for cheap. The base is finished with a combination of BLO, Danish Oil, Arm R Seal, Poly, and whatever is left over from a project.
This is my first woodworking workbench. As much as I would love a roubo, this bench was built on the cheap, and it serves me well. I now understand all the discussion on workbenches. I am still getting used to my workpeices not sliding all over the place! :) I think any bench is a personal journey, and this bench is will serve me well until I learn what features I use or need.
Question and critiques are welcome.
Thanks for looking and stay safe.
-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...