|Project by Jarmo||posted 03-28-2015 02:57 AM||3283 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
This workbench is now a year old, and I really like it.
I made it last January based upon plans and the Youtube videos from Jords Woodshop. It’s poplar with a maple vise chop and a mahogany end cap on the bench.
This bench was the first thing I made by myself and really forced me to be creative and develop my skills. Making a workbench without a workbench is really hard. But I’m very satisfied with the end product. I chose poplar because it had the best cost/hardness value I could buy from a place that would mill the lumber for me, since I didn’t have a jointer or planer and wasn’t about to dimension everything by hand when I really had no idea what I was doing. Unfortunately having the hardwood dealer S4S a bazillion board feet of poplar is really expensive, and was one of those transactions where I didn’t realize how expensive it would be until I went to pick up the lumber. Suffice it to say it would’ve been way cheaper for me to just buy one of the really nice workbenches you can order online, but that’s not the point of woodworking.
Anyway I love the end product. There are a few things I’ll change if I build another bench. My leg vise has some play in the screw and it sags, and the parallel guide is kinda annoying, and it doesn’t close entirely square. I’d probably invest in one of the nice Benchcrafted vises. As for the tail vise, it’s not a real strong vise, and it would be nice to have a wide one that could clamp with more than one dog. As for using poplar, I actually don’t see yet how using a much harder wood would be that much better. Sure my bench top is dinged up some, but that doesn’t bother me. And it’s stayed dead flat for the last year. The other smaller bench I made with a yellow pine top is all out of whack after just a couple months and needs to be flattened again already.