|Project by Muzhik||posted 05-27-2007 12:24 PM||7020 views||11 times favorited||43 comments|
It’s finally complete! I built this bench based on Lon Schleining’s plans from his book and from Fine Woodworking Magazine’s ‘04 (I think) Tools and Shops issue. I used beech and mahogany instead of maple and walnut, since both are cheaper and more readily available here in Germany than the woods called for in the plans. Also, I made the skirts and vise jaws out of mahogany. I’m not sure if that was a wise idea from a durability standpoint, but it sure looks pretty!
The only things left to do are line the vise jaws with leather and copy Tage Frid’s (or was it Frank Klaus’s) flip up stops on the end for crosscutting with a handsaw. Then I can build a storage cabinet for the base and start organizing my shop a little better. Don’t be fooled by how good it looks in these pictures. I always do a major clean up after I finish a project :)