|Project by CMorgan||posted 02-13-2010 09:17 PM||3522 views||14 times favorited||19 comments|
Before I built this workbench I was using my tablesaw, a small counter top and even the floor to build and assemble projects. I needed a workbench but I had a small budget and since I don’t have a great deal of skill yet I needed something easy to build. I found some plans online for this bench and thought it would do the trick.
The top is made up of four sheets of baltic birch plywood laminated together. Unfortunatly the store I purchased the plywood from does not let you select the wood yourself and the sheets they picked were really bowed. I thought I could get around this during the glue up by gluing them together with each sheets bow opposing each other. That worked somewhat but the end result was about a 1/8” bow in the top (the ends are lower than the center). I should have used two layers of MDF for the core of the bench and then had the plywood on the top and bottom. That would have been less money and resulted in a flatter surface.
The rest of the bench made out of construction grade duglas fir and the bench bolts, bench dogs and vise hardware are from Veritas. I threw on some lockable casters to make it portable and ended up with decent bench with the exception of the top not being flat. I learned a lot while making it and now I know what I will do different on the next one.