|Project by Tony||posted 03-16-2010 10:34 PM||9470 views||12 times favorited||36 comments|
I have been working on this bench over the last few months, in between teaching assignments. The primary wood is Finnish Oak and Birch. The side vice is Araputanga , the cap on the tail vice is Walnut the tool tray ramp is spalted birch and lastly the caps on the vice handles are Alder. All the primary woods were from trees I harvested and milled over the last few years – all the wood is air dried to about 8%
The total cost of this project was under $100 (the wood was free, apart from a lot sweat and swearing)
This design is based on the Frank Klausz articles in several FWW publications over the years. The dimensions are 84” x 27” x 36” and apart from thicknessing the boards with my planer, all the rest of the build was using hand tools – this was a real treat, with lots of shavings, no dust or noise.
The construction of the base is much heavier, than stated in the articles, plus I used through tenons which were wedges using beech wedges. The feet and top support are 3 3/4” square oak (just to give some idea for the scale) The total weight of the project is around 440lb (200kg)
The whole bench has 3 coats of tung oil, but the top needs another couple of coats – but the drying time is very slow due to the weather conditions. Both the side and tail vice jaws have 3/16” thick leather facings,, which really help to protect the work pieces and help to stop the work piece moving in the jaws with less pressure.
I may add a drawer under the bench in the future, but I want see how this bench works first.
I hope you enjoy
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