|Project by mzmac||posted 10-13-2008 04:07 AM||3507 views||36 times favorited||35 comments|
I have wanted to make a bench for some time now. The problem was I couldn’t settle on a good plan. I was discouraged by the price and availability of components for the benches. And I didn’t want to end up with a flimsy unusable bench.
After many hours of thought this is what I came up with.
I used 4×6 landscaping timbers for the legs and cross-members. $34.00 There size, price, and weight were just the ticket. I glued up the top out of 14 2×4s and 4 2×6s $35.00 I put a simple box/finger joint on the corners backed up with a 3/8 oak dowel. It isn’t the hardest top, but it will work great in my shop and on my wallet. The hardware for the end vise was purchased from Grizzly for $31.95. The hardware for the shaker inspired side vise was pieced together at the local hardware store for less then $10. I built my own bench dogs. I can’t see why anyone would want to buy dogs when building your own is this easy. Its not the prettiest bench out there, but for under $120.00 total, it leaves you with leftover money to buy what we all really want….....more woodworking tools.