|Project by Endgrain||posted 05-17-2009 09:16 AM||3747 views||16 times favorited||18 comments|
this is my first completed project. It is a modification of the Fine Woodworking workbench featured on their website video series. I made some mild modifications such as a laminated top to resist moister and some casters that can be engaged and disengaged so the bench can sit more firmly on the floor. The casters have been extremely convenient and rise it up enough so that the table can be used as an outfeed for my tablesaw. Also, I used bolts and threaded inserts for attaching the top otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get it out of the room I have it in that is serving as a temporary workspace. Shown is a Rockler T-trac in order to attach a light and other future necessities along the other edge of the tabletop. Thank you to David from the Folding Rule for that idea on the series for building a workbench and hope you don’t mind me using your idea. I used Arm-R-Seal (oil and urethane) to finish the wood.
I haven’t drilled benchdog holes yet and am weary about what will happen to the two sheets of 3/4” MDF. Suggestions?
The bench has worked out well and the vise has been very useful. I have waxed the table top and usually have a long rubber mat to protect the surface. The outer band of wood encircling the table is pine and I got it because it was the right dimensions out of the store. I probably should have used a hardwood since it doesn’t take much to put a dent in it hence the rubber mat.
I probably should have used a better quality wood for the base instead of the home center 2X4 and 4X4 so that it could last quite a few years. The tabletop should get the normal abuse and eventual replacement. This should serve me well until I have the space, time and skill to build a more appropriate workbench.
Any suggestions for improvements or add-on accessories is always appreciated.