|Project by isotope||posted 04-28-2015 02:32 PM||3104 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
Here is my version of the Short Block V8 workbench. Before going any further I would like to give many thanks to Shipwright for not only designing a very sturdy and useful bench and sharing the plans with the LJ community, but also for being extremely willing to help answer questions and provide advice. He was also generous enough to send me a marquetry V8 logo! How cool is that? It’s awesome and I love it! Thank you.
For more information on the design of the bench and instructions on how to build one, please refer to Shipwright’s posts.
My story: I actually built 90% of this bench over a year ago, but house renovations and a new baby girl caused me to put the build on hold for a while. Though unfinished, the bench, with its wagon vise, still proved very handy. I just now finished the leg vise along with the “wrapping” (a little lipstick never hurts).
The bench was made out of 2 sheets of poplar plywood from the orange box store. The vises, along with the front facing boards were made out of some red oak that I had on hand. I used a stain called black cherry for the bench. It came out more purple than red, not like I was expecting at all. I didn’t like it at first, but it’s growing on me. I sealed it with some water-based poly. The oak was finished with Watco Danish oil.
I only made one significant change to the design. I modified the right front leg to accept a board which could be used as a deadman (eventhough I’ve never even used one). The most difficulty I encountered was making the mortises in the thick oak of the leg chop. First, I made a layout error and cut the hole too big, and needed to glue in a block. Second, my jigsaw blade wandered a lot on the underside of the cut, so the walls aren’t very straight. Nothing that will significantly affect use, but I think I should have explored other methods. Pre-drilling out most of the mortise, like Shipwright did, definitely would have helped (I should have read his instructions more carefully).
Overall, I have to say I love the bench. The wedge powered vises give it a lot of character and enable many clamping options that I’ve never had before. The marquetry logo is pure icing on the cake!
Thanks for looking and sharing.