|Project by GaryK||posted 06-28-2007 02:35 AM||19105 views||39 times favorited||32 comments|
This is the first project I made for my new shop. I have always wanted a good bench and I think this is it.
The size is 3’ x 8’.
The top is made from an old bowling alley lane. Nice hard dry seasoned maple. I’ll tell you now that it was a lot more trouble than it was worth. There were spiral cut nails about every foot along the length of every piece.
Took almost a week to get all the nails out. Then… well it’s a long story but I don’t recommend using an bowling alley lane to anyone.
The top is about 2 1/2 thick with 8/4 hard maple around the edges. Both the tail and front vice came from Lee Valley.
The base is made from southern yellow pine since that will be taking no abuse. Being from California I would have made it from Douglas Fir, but I can’t find it here in Texas. I planed and glued 3 pieces together using tenon construction for the joints. Bolts hold together the cross pieces.
The third picture shows the storage cabinet I made to fill in all the wasted space below. It was made from birch plywood except the the drawer faces which are mahogany. Dovetail construction was used for the drawer sides.
On the top you can barly make out the coffee table that I am working on for my wife. I will post it when I get it done.
I forgot to mention about how I flattened the top. If you look in back of the bench leaning against the wall, in the first picture you will see two boards I used for straight edges and a router in a sled. I clamped one board each side of the long side of the bench using winding sticks to get them level. I used some iron on melamine along the top edges and the bottom edges of the sled to reduce friction. I ran the router back and forth and up and down until I surfaced the entire top. Then a random orbit sander to finish it off. No finish since after all it is a workbench.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX