|Project by David Kirtley||posted 06-26-2010 08:40 PM||2732 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
Well, I finally finished the workbench I have been playing with.
The legs are 4×4 cedar with 2×4 crossbeams through mortised into the legs.
The crossbeams are pinned with 1/2 in hardwood dowels.
I was particularly pleased with how all the tenons seated without gaps. I can occasionally get a bit off chopping the cheeks of the tenons.
I decided against making pads for the feet and just scabbed on another piece of 2×4 glued on with Titebond III. I figured that it was not worth the trouble to do it in pieces.
I am not sure yet on how I like how far the vise is inset. I set it in according to the included directions but I might set it back a bit further into the bench. There is enough clearance but I figure that I can move it in if I don’t like it. It will be a small job if I decide to change it. I figured that I would not mess with the manufacturers instructions until I gave it a chance.
The top is made of 3 layers of 3/4 hardwood ply glued with Titebond III and a floating tempered hardboard face that I can replace as it gets banged up. I have not decided yet if I will pin it down with either some hot glue or some countersunk screws in the corners to keep it from slipping. It is held in well enough for now by the edge frame. The top is lag screwed to the base with four 1/4×3 screws through the leg caps into the top.
I cut out the clearance for the vise on each layer of ply before glue up.
I left a bit extra clearance to be able to adjust the position of the vise after I get used to using it.
I might sand and paint the wood but I think for now, I am just going to use it as is. I still have to decide where I want to drill holes for my holdfasts and stuff but I will let that happen organically as I develop work patterns on the bench.
In case you were wondering, the goo that you see around the top and bottom of the leg beams is a thickened epoxy that I used to glue the cap pieces into the dadoes. The tenons are just pinned without glue.
Now to get to work.
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