|Project by Luke||posted 08-10-2010 04:28 AM||3402 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I had an old bench with good cedar legs that I had been using with an old solid core door on top. It was too tall off the ground and the dog holes exposed the inner core which was particle type board. So I set out to ramp up the top mainly, which made me think about a few things. Namely, the top was about 3 inches too high. It was about 38” from the floor to the top of the bench which I think originally I thought was a good idea because I am fairly tall myself. I looked into it a bit more and checked my normal stance when planing and such and thought it would work out better to be a bit shorter so I knocked about three inches off the height. This meant that I had to take the entire thing apart and cut down the main legs then reassemble it. It was also too wide and too long on the base so I had to take some off that too. The top is now 24×80 inches and I bought a jorgenson vise for the tail which by the way is a very solid vise. The top is about 2.125” thick and I haven’t gotten around to putting the holes in it for the dogs yet. I’m working out a good way to do it so if anyone has any suggestions that would be great. I’m wanting to put round 3/4” dogs in. It is a maple top and I got the wood from the local supplier out of the secondary wood pile. It was much cheaper than regular but I had to really work at getting a good surface for the top. As you can see, I had several spots where I couldn’t get that to work out and filled them with epoxy. I glued it up in two 12” sections and ran those through my 13” planer to smooth them out individually then glued the two large pieces together rather easily. I smoothed the whole thing down with my buck bros. smoothing plane and and cabinet scraper which did not go perfectly but I was able to get it flat at least. I have yet to use it but hope that I will be able to for many years. Boy is it heavy, all I can think is that I will dread it when we end up moving to another house or something. By the way, I am not endorsing buck bros. planes, it’s just all I had so you make do. One day I’ll re-flatten it with a LN smoother or something.
-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com