|Project by dustyal||posted 07-18-2010 02:17 AM||2446 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Short story: I had the base cabinet and decided to convert it to workbench or assembly table. Used a 1.75×30 x 80 inch solid core flat door, covered that with white hardboard, trimmed edges with maple. Added a vice.
Longer version: Had to learn the hard way that you cannot balance a router on a 2 inch edge when flush trimming. So, I hand planned flush… great feeling… used older than dirt Shelton No 4 that I had cleaned up and sharpened. Peeled off 80 inch long shavings on each pass. Very satisfying.
I had assembled the base cabinet (old Hoosier oak kitchen cabinet) from pieces that antique dealer gave me. Originally it had metal top and second upper piece but it had fallen off the truck on I-70. I removed 10 layers of paint and then finished with poly. It’s very functional with drawers and doors. It has metal casters that slide too easily for a workbench, so I need to figure out simple method of stabilizing movement, but yet move it around when I need space on all four sides. I offset the top and base cabinet some to help counter balance the weight of the vise. It is not tall enough… so I may raise it… but it is flat and level… and that is what I really needed.
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