|Project by Henry Mowry||posted 01-03-2011 01:08 AM||2667 views||10 times favorited||22 comments|
This workbench is the centerpiece of my garage workshop. I sized it to fit my space: 5’ long, 28” wide, 39” tall (which is a good height for me and matches my nearby table saw), so long stock can slide smoothly from the bench through the saw blade when ripping.
Maple top. The top was made from 8/4 Maple, which was cut into 2×2 stock, and then joined with biscuits. I used my drill press to drill holes for bench dogs over the entire top—I can do clamping over the entire length of the bench + vise. Dogs, by the way, are simply 2”x2” squares from 3/4” walnut with 3/4” oak dowels mounted in the center. Bench top ends were attached with mortise & tenon joinery—breadboard ends, really, except the ends were wide stock mounted vertically to match the sides, providing a 4” long skirt around the top. The skirt is also drilled for bench dogs, as are the sides of the end vise.
Oak base. Drawers in the base maximize storage space and add some weight for even more stability.
2 vises: a Veritas double screw end vise, and a quick release vise on the opposite end.
-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com