|Project by ic3ss||posted 04-15-2015 10:34 PM||3408 views||17 times favorited||15 comments|
I finally went and did it, I built myself a proper woodworking bench. I tore apart my old plywood bench I built 17 years ago when we bought our house. It was just a quickie bench made from plywood and tubafors. It was stout and worth having but it was not for woodworking, no woodworking vises. This has been a real hassle for me since I re-started in woodworking five years ago.
I wrote up a 19 part blog here: http://lumberjocks.com/ic3ss/blog/48881 on building it. From beginning to end it took 8 weeks working only on my weekends. A challenging project to be sure, mistakes made, certainly. But nothing went wrong that I had to either scrap a workpiece, or affect functionality of the bench except one thing. I had some serious issues all day in episode 16, Easter Sunday of all days. One of the problems was resawing an 8/4 board to make the gap stop went horribly wrong and it ended up being about 8 inches shorter than I was planning on. But it still works.
You may notice the lack of round holes in the deadman and the top. I don’t have any holdfasts yet. I have the 3/4” bit ready to go but I’m going to wait ‘till I get holdfasts before drilling anything, but that’s all it needs at this point, except a project being built on it.
I bought the Benchcrafted hardware and plans. Made from 8/4 Hard Maple and Walnut. Top is 3 3/4” thick, 84” long, 24” wide, 34” tall. I don’t have the weight yet, my scale doesn’t like it. I estimate it to be right around 300lbs.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
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