Finally have a real workbench

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Project by whope posted 10-27-2015 11:58 AM 1706 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve used various surfaces in my shop for assembly, finishing, etc. Often my tablesaw. More recently an old Ikea desktop laid across a pair of saw horses. I had been collecting ideas for a workbench when the Oct. ‘15 FWW showed up at my house with a workbench on the front cover. Perfect! My dad was coming into town to visit for a week, so I decided that it was time to re-organize my shop and make room for a workbench.

I didn’t feel like I had time to glue up the top, I bought a 30×60 top from our ‘favorite’ woodworker’s shop. I reviewed the top a couple weeks ago. On hindsight, I would have been happier with making it. Anyway. My dad and I cleared out all the movable stuff and re-laidout my shop. We then spent a day running maple through the planer. After that, I was on my own.

I followed the FWW article fairly closely. Wasn’t happy with cutting mortises & tendons with a dado blade. Next time I’ll use a router. I had a couple of the small pegs that didn’t want to go all the way through the saddle joints. But that was my error. The big pegs holding the stretchers to the legs, while not glued, I’m going to say they are permanent.

I put a Wood River Enconomy Quick Release Front Vise (which seems to be working fine) on the bench with African Mahogany faces (some left over pieces that weren’t suitable for anything nice) added a maple board to the front to support the planned board jack and another to the back to make the top the width of the base. The top was pretty hard to handle by myself. But you do what you have to do.

I’ll probably finish the added maple to the bench top. The base will stay unfinished. After a summer of a lot of shop upgrades, this one is my favorite.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with myself. Made plenty of mistakes and learned alot while making the base. My GF has been suggesting that I do a dining room table next summer. Now I feel like it’s something I can do.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 12:13 PM

whope, that’s a ‘Jim Dandy’ workbench and will be a great addition to your shop and a wonderful learning experience. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 12:14 PM

Nice looking workbench. A good workbench is a joy to use.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 03:36 PM

Well done. Looks like a good size for that shop.

-- Bigfoot tries to take pictures of me

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 04:36 PM

That is a great bench!
I really like it’s width.
FWW you say? I may have to check that issue out.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Chem, Central California

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 01:22 AM

Well done and should be a nice addition. Look forward to seeing that dinning room table posted in the summer.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 04:38 AM

Well done, it will serve you well for a long time

-- Norman

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#7 posted 10-28-2015 10:33 PM

Thumbs up…

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#8 posted 10-29-2015 07:38 PM

Really good looking bench for the shop. Now you need to make sure that the GF knows you just might need a couple of New Tools to get that dinning table done.

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