|Project by Bob A in NJ||posted 05-31-2010 07:22 PM||11702 views||16 times favorited||13 comments|
Hi all, Happy Memorial Day 2010.
Just finished my new bench. This one is a combination of ideas from the various benches I’ve seen on LJ’s.
I wanted something that was very solid but still able to move around the shop easily. After making the wheel outriggers for my Nova lathe, it was time to use the idea on a new bench.
The top is 2 1/8” thick x 24” x 6 1/2’. It’s 36 tall. This has a ton of glue up’s. The top, legs, outriggers for example.
The top is very flat. Mainly flattened with a #5 Bailey plane which is one heck of a great workout. Then I took it to a buddy’s shop who has a 36” widebelt Timesaver sander which is a very Cool Tool! This made it extremely flat and smooth. (Thanks Steve and Winfield!)
I used the Glen Huey method of drilling the bench dog holes. That is, using a spiral up-cut bit in a plunge router. Worked like a charm. Link here: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/Workbench_Dog_Holes/
The bench met it’s criteria in that it’s nice and solid in wheels up position. In wheels down, it moves around very easily. The 5th and 6th pictures shows how the toe kick works, just lift one end and either tap the vertical “holding” board in or out. Real simple.
All this wood was free from a relative and I had the wheels all I have into this is the time, about 30 hours.
Finished with three coats of boiled linseed oil.
Bob A in NJ May 31st 2010
P.S. At some point, I most likely build a new tool chest for the base.
-- Bob A in NJ