|Project by gforce||posted 07-30-2010 04:53 PM||2254 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
This is my first woodworking bench. I looked at the various available workbenches and I didn’t like the low end ones and didn’t want to spend ~$1700 for the high end ones, so I built my own. I didn’t use any particular plan, instead I just compiled features from other peoples bench projects on the LJ site and elsewhere on the web.
The base is made from 4×4 and 2×8 Port Orford Cedar which I had left over from my deck project. It seems to be much denser than other cedars I have seen and so far seems to work fine for the base. I used Mortise and Tenon joinery with walnut pegs. The stretchers use bench bolts in case I need to disassemble it at some point.
I bought the 72”x30”x2.25 maple top from Grizzley. The apron is made from oak and maple, with purpleheart for the screw caps. I finished the base with wipe on poly and the top with Watco Danish oil.
The most controversial feature is probably the height, which is 38 1/2” I did do a lot of research and I realized that this is higher than most, but it felt right to me and I figured I could always shorten it if necessary. My Father, who is Swiss and was raised in the family cabinet makers business, visited with me during construction. He said that he and his contemporary’s were always having issues with bench height and they would raise them to approximately the same height as mine. So that reassured me a bit, time will tell.