|Project by Tomoose||posted 08-29-2010 10:47 PM||4017 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
Finally got to make myself a decent bench. The plans came from FineWW.com. The base is entirely made up of laminated 3/4 birch ply – 5 plies for the legs and 3 for the stretchers. The bench is surprisingly sturdy for being made from relatively cheap materials – I think the whole project cost around $120. Mortise and tennon joinery with a few screws for insurance. The top is 3/4 MDF laminated over 3/4 birch ply with maple edging. Edging is glued/screwed and then plugged with some dowels. This is way better than the flimsy “gorilla” bench I had before.
I included adjustable feet so I could match the height to my TS on my non-level garage floor – so it can serve as infeed support also. The legs are finshed with some really bad “English Oak” water-based stain I wanted to get rid of and a coat of poly. The top and edges got a few coats of Danish oil and a coat of wax to top it off.
The vise (which was never mounted until now) I got last year for $20 on Craigslist. It is a Craftsman from probably before I was born (NO. 391-5195 if anyone has Craftsman knowledge). I think it is a 7” and has a quick release action so you can slide it in/out easily before cranking it down. I have never used a real woodworking vise and this may spoil me. I just lined it with some birch ply for now until I get my hands on some other hardwood. I need to get some dogs at some point and drill some holes in the benchtop for those. Anyone with insight as to spacing and number of dog holes, I would appreciate any help.
As always, criticism (at leat partially constructive) is appreciated!
-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso