|Project by Darryl Jones||posted 10-27-2014 03:27 AM||9254 views||21 times favorited||28 comments|
This workbench is based on the bench that Jordan Crawford of Jord’s Woodshop built in his series on you tube. I didn’t build it as a direct copy of Jord’s workbench, I made some changes that I felt were necessary including some that were cosmetic. I used through mortise and tenon joinery instead of dominos for the base assembly. I was going to wedge the tenons but I didn’t plan it out right and I wasn’t able to do that joint so I ended up using dowels to reinforce the joints on the end assemblies. The strechers are also mortise and tenon with a bed bolt like connection running through them. I chose to mortise in the threaded assemblies for both the tail vise and leg vise. This was just a cosmetic choice, I didnt like the look of the castings showing. I also used wood for the track of the tail vise, ash for the rails and cherry for the piece attached to the dog hole block. The screw for the leg vice has been in my shop for a few years and the veneer press that I used for my tail vice was purchased at a discount on ebay so this build actually cost me very little money. The materials that I used were given to me for free, there are approximately 16-17 2×4s in the top and the legs are laminations of 2 2×4s and 1 1×4 that were glued and squared up a few years ago. My bench is not perfect, some of the laminations were not as tight as I would have liked but these were not hand picked 2×4s but they were free. There was a fair amount of twist in the top which necessitated the aquisition of a few new tools, a pinnacle 40 1/2 scrub plane and a wood river no. 7 jointer plane. There was a short learning curve to using the scrub plane but it was a tremendous help in flattening the top and bottom of the workbench. I have been woodworking for a long time, but I never had a workbench before now and looking back, I don’t know how I got along so long without it (I know it sounds cliche). I was able to use the bench to work on a couple of other ongoing projects and it was awesome. I think this may help me complete some projects much more efficiently. If you have not made a workbench for yourself, you definately should. Although it is a rewarding experience, don’t let anyone tell you that is a simple undertaking particularly using 2x materials. The glue up of the top is definately easier in batches, I did mine in groups of 3-4 boards at a time. The use of dominos, biscuits, dowels, or splines, to assist in lining up the boards to make your top as level as possible is definately recommended. I used a drill guide and boring bit for the dog holes, definately recommend that. Taking the time to make things look nice cosmetically is worthwhile if you have the time. I hope you enjoyed this wordy post. Please feel free to leave comments. I am also planning to start a blog about the build with more pics, so stay tuned.
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