|Project by Rev. Jim Paulson||posted 1716 days ago||3871 views||12 times favorited||14 comments|
A snowy day in Upstate New York seemed the perfect time to show you some of my projects at LJ. I built this several months ago so I could have a solid bench for steam bending Windsor chair parts. I used 3 layers of 3/4 inch plywood and then added two layers of 1/8” hardboard. All the layers were glued together using a liquid nails product and also yellow glue. Together I achieved a total thickness of 2 1/2 inches. The top is sufficiently solid and heavy. The weight and stability of the top and the 4×4’s for legs and stretchers makes for a sturdy bench. I used mortise and tenon joints to attach the legs and stretchers, and then ran bolts through the joints and embedded nuts in the stretchers. It makes a tight undercarriage. For a vise I went with a Record style rapid release model. To finish the bench I added 3/4” ash strips to the sides of the top to protect the edges of the plywood and then added ash wood faces to the inside of the vise.
I got this idea for a bench from seeing benches at the Windsor Institute and then I added my own spin on it. I have made several a few steam bending forms now and they store nicely on a shelf I made underneath.