|Project by SilverbackReef||posted 01-13-2015 12:47 AM||1846 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
Just finished the next increment on my workbench path. First was an old tabletop on some sawhorses. Second was an upgraded pair of workmates (jaws upgraded to be able to take holdfasts). Third was a “Whitegate” brand off-the-shelf workbench which was a zero dollar curb find and a really terrible bench until I rebuilt the base with extra stretchers using through M&T joinery instead of the badly doweled and badly glued butt joints it came with. The top was still pretty terrible but usable enough for me to live with for a couple of years.
Bench increment #4 is a new top but using the rebuilt whitegate base. The new top is laminated SYP, 3 inches thick, 20 inches across, and 76 inches long. It uses a pair of Rockler bench vises but swaps the positions. I put what Rockler calls the “end vise” in the face vise position. The vises are pretty good. Don’t wrack that much (particularly compared to the ones on the whitegate /shudder/) but were a bit fiddly to get mounted right. I’ve added leather to the jaws since the photo was taken.
1) Completed bench
2) Upgraded Whitegate base
3) Internet photo of original whitegate (never bothered to take one myself)
4) Boring one of the 55 holes in the top
5) Planing board I made from SYP offcut to help plane lamination parts
6) First couple of boards in the clamps for the lamination
Never done a lamination this big or heavy before, it was an education. I’m not set up to machine the individual boards or subassemblies so the lamination was laid up one board at a time with each board hand tweaked and the lamination tweaked prior to the addition of each board. All in all it went pretty smoothly.
I did a a rough flattening of the top prior to boring all the holes. With the stress relief and additional drying surface provided by the holes, the top has started to move again. Gonna give it a couple of weeks (or maybe a month) before reflattening.
Looking forward to working on this bench. I’m sure it has a lot to teach me.
Couldn’t have done it without the experience, great ideas, and motivation provided by the folks here. Thanks to you all.