|Project by Boneski||posted 04-22-2010 06:39 AM||6322 views||25 times favorited||17 comments|
So I’ve spent a fair bit of hard earned cash on some nice workshop equipment. First things first before making any fancy cabinets – I need a good solid “fit for purpose” bench to work on. This is what I came up with.
The top is 10 peices of Tasmanian oak machined to 95×46mm and glued using a 1/4” plywood key for good alignment and a bit of extra strength. The top came up pretty damned flat – these pictures show the top without any levelling at all. Overall size is 1800×950mm.
The frame is made from clear pine using mortise and tenon joints on the end frames. I couldn’t find “knock down” fittings, so I made my own to attach the main rails. These consisted of some 16mm steel rod with M8 threads cut in them, and of course M8 bolts. The adjustable feet (also with shop built mounts) allow me to adjust the table height to use as an outfeed for my table saw. Finally, there is the retractable wheels that allow me to move the 150kg monster around the place.
I fitted a Groz quick release vice and a cheapish front vice in the tail vice position. The idea behind this is to drill dog holes in either end of the vice for clamping cabinet face frames etc.
I’ve also left a good size space in the middle of the frame with a view to making some drawers etc at a later date.
It all came up very square and solid – should be with me for the rest of my life!
-- Blinded by brilliance