|Project by RecyclingDave||posted 02-16-2015 09:15 PM||2498 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
When I set out to design/build my first workbench I did what everyone does and searched online for half my life and there are a million ways to skin this cat. I basically knew that I wanted a large work surface to work on my projects along with the idea of being able to clamp material for hand planning which is a new bug I’ve picked up. I was unsure of the joinery I wanted to use or even what skill sets I had to achieve certain joinery. I also had in the back of my mind that I wanted this first bench to be an experiment and I didn’t want to fork over a fortune for nice solid hardwood that I could potentially make a mistake and be out some serious cash. I took the next best route and ordered (6) 2”x10”x12’ Sothern Yellow Pine from my local Menards because its a special order in Illinois. This roughly cost about $90 all in and then found a nice Colombian vise on Ebay for $50 that I stripped and refinished. All in I have spent $140 and aside from being soft Pine this bench is solid and sturdy but more pictures to come as I add to it. I like to use up every bit of wood and I have enough scraps left to make a bottom shelf out of the left over rip pieces.
The bench sits about 35” and is 68” long by 30” wide. The best part was using the hand plane since this is the first real large project I was able to test my skills at flattening the bench top. I didn’t see the love and joy as I spent hours reconditioning hand planes from ebay to make them usable but after you use them and see the finished project it was worth all the time invested.
-- If it doesn't fit......get a bigger hammer