|Project by Marc5||posted 11-22-2010 02:57 AM||2747 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
First off I would like to thank all of the LJ’s out there helping out with the finishing question I had for this bench. This is what I love about this site, people with all levels of experience and expertise providing advice to anyone needing help. OK back to the bench. The top is made out of 8/4 Cherry boards flattened and smoothed with hand planes. The legs are pine from my local big box store because I originally planed to paint the legs and thought it would be criminal to paint anything but pine. After reading all of the responses to my question I ended up using Danish Oil to finish the top and am pleased with the outcome. This was the first time I attempted a leg vise and much to my surprise it works. I added a tool slot (not sure what to call it)on the back of the bench for my chisels and tools I use most of the time. I also added a stop that can be raised on the left side for for planing wide boards. I tried to think this one through and for what I like to do I believe it will work just fine. This bench is heavy and I will be adding wheels this weekend side so I can easily move it where I need it because I have a very small shop. The last photo is the bench I used for the last 5 years and you can see the need for the upgrade. Comments are welcomed good or bad.