|Project by muesli||posted 10-04-2016 01:54 PM||1669 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
For many years, I worked on an old kitchen-table, which was much to wobbly. And being 58 now, I also had problems with my eyes an my back because it was much to low.
So I read a lot, watched Youtube videos and saw nearly every workbench, I could find. I got a plan of the new-fangled-workbench by John White and started with Sketchup and editing his plan some years ago. But after a while, I started from scratch and constructed my own, beefier version. Of course, it is influenced by several others, e.g. Paul Sellers. In the end, after a lot of new development-branches, all came together in a way I really like.
I used laminated spruce, which was not very expensive. 95% of the work was done with handtools. It took a long time and the details were not always very satisfying, but it was a really good training on handtools and I learned a lot. Every sawcut was made by hand. Mortises and tenons as well as some halflaps and final planing of the surfaces too. The aprons and the topboards were laminated with the help of bisquits. That’s because I got a cheap addon for my anglegrinder and wanted to test the use of bisquits. The don’t add any strength, but the alignment and clamping for glueing was easier. It’s a lot less slippery.
Btw: thanks a lot to Klaus Kiefer for the idea of the clamp-stretchers!
Tops and aprons are screwed to the frame, so I could change them, if necessary one day. I gave it two coates of Danish oil as a finish. The pipeclamps can be used from front and back and I made a wooden jaw for the “standard”-use on the front.
I instantly liked John Whites planing-beam in front of the bench, but I wanted a flat surface as a front and no pipes. My solution for that kind of workpiece-support was to use what I already had. A metal shelving-system. A real planing beam with shorted brackets will follow.
The workbench is 205cm long, 84cm deep and 96cm high. I am 178cm and no, the bench is not to high! And even though it’s only made from spruce (better get dings and nicks in the bench than in the workpeces!), it is so rock-solid! And it has so many clamping options!
Until now, I made a board for the right part of the well, a stand for my chisels, two different pairs of benchhooks, a board under the bench for storing some tools and I drilled some dogholes. Next will be 20mm benchdogs made from wood. So the bench itself is finished, but there is more to do.
All in all, I am very happy with my first decent workbench.