|Project by Tomas||posted 11-18-2007 03:28 AM||6993 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
My inspiration for building this bench came from viewing Jeff’s blog of how he built Mr. White’s New-Fangled Workbench as featured in Fine Woodworking. The version I built was based on a sketchup model that I obtained elsewhere. I had two challenges – first, finding2 by material that would not warp. Most of the wood I bought warped too much. Others suggested I buy wide boards with straight end grain. That did not seem to help. I ended up buying kiln dried studs and used them for two pieces on the table top and the two table length rails that form the walls to the well. The rest of the wood was from green 2 by 6’s and 2 by 8’s. I never used the 2 by 10 material.
I did not joint or plane the thick leg pieces that formed the two legs. I had one split on me as I discovered I was driving a lag bolt through a knot. The leg still felt stable so I did not bother to replace it – so I have this ugly split in the wood. After driving the lag bolts you will understand it is too much of a chore to start over.
My other challenge was to deal with 1 and 3/8 inch wide pieces when the rails were 3 inches wide. When dealing with the spacers between the legs and table top I had to turn one board on its side, plane it down so that the support would be flush with the board that runs on the bottom, across both rails and also attaches to the top.
the MDF initially sat below the surface of the table but that is why there are spinners – to help prop up the pipes – and that made the MDF sit flush with the top. I still need to work on an end spinner because at the very end you will see the MDF sits a little blelow the table surface. As Jeff has stated, the Fine Woodworking article does not explain everything so you have to figure some things for yourself. I am not very happy with the level of the benchtop because I could not take all the warpage out as I approached 1 and 3/8 inch thickness. The bench is fine for my needs, however.