|Project by builtinbkyn||posted 03-03-2016 04:31 PM||11059 views||23 times favorited||30 comments|
Not counting the 9” Eclipse vise, the only materials purchased for this were kiln dried 2×4s used to glue up the top. The walnut used for the rails, end boards and vises and the maple skirt and center board were left over from other projects. The legs and bottom rails are cedar that was left over from a yard project I did two years ago, and the boards use to make the shelf were scavenged from wood pallets. The bench measures 21×80.
It’s far from being perfect, but it was fun to make, especially the wagon vise ala shipwright’s design. The bench design is a bit of this and that. It’s sort of a hybrid between a spit top and a Shaker. That was intentional as I wanted to become more familiar with different joinery techniques that I rarely if ever used prior.
I originally intended to use only wedged and pinned connections, but the top wasn’t cooperating, so that necessitated using 4 bolts thru the top secured to the walnut rails. I performed a few “firsts” in terms of my woodworking experience, in making this. I cut my first dovetails and never having used hand planes before, used them to flatten the top and shape some of the components.
The bench will give me a solid working surface so I can start to use non-powered tools more. It will also serve as a place for me to eventually make a heftier hardwood bench down the road. All in all, I had a lot of fun in making this and am now looking forward to using it to improve my hand tool knowledge and skills.
Link to my blog on building the bench.
-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)