|Project by Bill Akins||posted 10-17-2008 03:15 PM||7501 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
I decided to break this up into 2 parts. Since I started woodworking as a hobby a couple of years ago, I have been dying to make myself a good, sturdy workbench. I absolutley love the benches made out of maple but that is hard to come by around here and way out of my price range. After studying several pictures, books and plans and with a few of my own twist, I come up with this. I have enjoyed my 2×4/plywood bench I started with but I needed a bit more. I ordered a large shoulder vise from Highland Woodworking, took off a week from work and set to make myself a new bench.
This part covers the base only and the next part will have the top and finished product. The entire bench (excluding the vise) cost me only $100. The vise was an extra $70. My first trip to HD i picked up 3 4×4 post and a 2×6. All pressure treated southern yellow pine. I cut the tenon’s in the legs and the stretchers with my new dado blade set. First time I have used this gift. I touched them up with a block plane. I drilled the mortises with forstner bits and cleaned up with a chisel.
I then belt sanded all pieces ( I have no planer or jointer) to clean them up and “get the green off”. All of the joints fit nicely and were sealed with Gorilla glue. I don’t have a lot of clamps, especially large ones, so I made do with some ratchet straps from my truck to pull each section together. When all was tested square I ran screws through each joint. I knew that my top would be a dark brown so I used some walnut scraps to plug the screw holes. Also I do not have a band saw so I really couldn’t cut the feet into the bottom of the base like the plans call for so I made feet from some more scrap walnut.
After the base was together I decided to make a shelf between the stretchers. The base was stained with Minwax golden pecan and a few coats of polyurethane. I am very pleased with the whole project. My next post will have the top I decided on along with my new vise.
-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.