|Project by JoshLawson||posted 03-06-2010 03:51 PM||3706 views||14 times favorited||22 comments|
This is my second workbench I built for my shop. I’ve found that making something and living with it for a year really helps you understand what you did wrong. My first workbench was the $50 quick bench, which works fine for a lot of things, but once I started using hand planes and chisels more the bench was not very effective. So I decided I should spoil myself and build a nice bench that will meet all my needs for the rest of my life.
This bench is made mostly all 8/4 hard maple with some 4/4 Hard Maple and 6/4 Walnut in the end vise. One of the shortcomings of being a relatively new wood worker is that I don’t have a Planer or Jointer. So I had all the stock pre-surfaced from my hardwood supplier. Each component in the base is made with square 3.5” x 3.5” laminated hard maple pieces. The trestle ends are all joined with 2” x 2” pegged mortise and tenon joinery. The trestle ends were joined using large bench bolts. The base is extremely rigid.
I made the 3” thick top using the base as my flat surface to work on. I glued up the entire top (minus the aprons) in one shot using slow set epoxy. The epoxy gave me a work time around 45 minutes so I didn’t have any panics during the glue up. I then leveled the 28” wide top using my trusty #6 Woodriver bench plane. The following day I took off because I was too sore to move.
The rest was pretty easy, making the aprons, drilling the bench dog holes, and mounting the vises.
The bench weighs around 450 to 500 lbs and is perfect for hand tool or power tool work.
-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa