|Project by NewPickeringWdWrkr||posted 08-31-2010 04:21 AM||2469 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
So, I completed my new bench. If you want to read about it, you can read my bench build diary on my blog (in my signature).
This was based on the Popular Woodworking article from 2007 where Christopher Schwarz built a workbench out of home centre lumber for $175 including the cost of the face vice, a couple of bench dogs and a Wonder Dog.
In 2010, the hardware and lumber ran me about $234. Partly because 12’ lumber is not available in my home centre, so I had to go for double the number of pieces in 8’ lengths. So there was quite a bit of leftovers.
Took me a couple of weeks of every other evening and a couple of partial Saturdays to complete, but it’s finally done. Despite the light nature of SPF, that sucker isn’t moving especially with my longer ‘shorts’ on the shelf under the bench. It was tough to get it to move before loading it up, now it takes deliberate effort!
The only 2 things I can see changing up later on is: 1) because it’s SPF lumber, the dog holes may stretch, and may need to replace 1/2 the board that they sit in with a hardwood insert; and 2) flipping out the chop for a chunk of hardwood as well. But we’ll see!
The vice’s dog hole couldn’t be drilled all the way through (bit isn’t long enough), so I put a hole in the side to be able to pop the dog up (see pic 4 & 5) if it should slip down.
Finally, I added a tool rack to the wall just above the bench’s new home to hold my smaller hand tools.
Thanks for looking.
Oh, flattening it was pretty easy except for the softness wanted to cause tearout. It’s 6’ long, 28” wide and just the right height for me (meaning I don’t remember LOL). I finished it with some leftover tung oil – 2 coats.
-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com