|Project by James Lango||posted 11-02-2009 07:15 AM||7051 views||22 times favorited||23 comments|
My first “real work bench” almost complete. Made entirely from Cherry and Maple. All lumber was milled last year, which saved me a TON of money. The legs are 2” x 4” solid Cherry. Stretchers are Maple. The top is glued up 1” x 2” maple/cherry strips. So far my only purchase has been the 2 vises from Lee ($130).
Finishe size is 35 high, 32 wide, about 72 long. weight is about 250 now.
This tail vise takes ALOT of time to get right. Their are no plans to go off of, only pictures that i have. The runner that keeps the tail vise straight are hard maple. Its tounge and groved to ride true and reduce racking. The black spray that is visible is graphite lube. Its a dry lube that is similar to oil, but not quite liquid. Seems to really help out and avoild friction. I use it on the radial arm.
I plan to get fancy with the tail vise during my next few days of construction. (hope i get it OK) The large dovetail at the corner was pain enough and not soo perfect.
All the aprons are 4” square. I mill my lumber 1 1/4” so getting to 1” is not too big a problem.
The top is secured to the legs with 1 lag in the center (2 bolts total) to allow for movement. the head apron is also only laged with 1 bolt. While the tail apron has 2 lag bolts.
The wood is around 10-12% MC. I only expect it to shrink slightly, and definetly not swell much. (shop is in my garage)
The only problem i see for the next few years of abuse is that the maple i used is soft. I remember milling one tree, and knew there was some in the back yard pile. Half way through the top, it hit me that not all Maple is the same. (its yellow looking) lol
Well, it is what it is now. Cherry aint the strongest of woods either, but its what i had plenty of.
Any one have comments about Boiled Linseed for a finish? I would really like to use it (cause i have a gallon sitting).
The dog holes are evenly spaced, except at the front vise end. I threw in an extra one close to the other, hopefully to use with the front vise.
This has been by far the most challenging project i ever attempted. Mostly cause it all from pictures, and building as you go. Which is normally fine, but difficult on such a large scale. I had to square and prep every single piece of wood this baby’s made of. From a chain saw none the less. Even burned through a set of brushes on the planner.
I would like to thank all the other guys/girls who have posted their work benches of a similar construction style! Without your pics to feed me ideas, i would still be using my 2×4’s and particle board bench.
Thanks for looking, please leave any comments. Anyone planning a bench and wants more pics – let me know.
I will post soon the finished look.