|Project by GrumpaJeff||posted 01-12-2011 07:39 PM||4556 views||27 times favorited||20 comments|
I always wanted a nice solid bench to prepare projects and this fills my needs. It may look somewhat familar to others as it is a compilation of many bench ideas rolled into the bench that suits my needs. The top is comprised of 22 2×4 doug fir capped with 3/4” hard maple with everything laminated together. The finished thickness is 3 1/2” after milling and sealed with tung oil and several coats of paste wax. In fact after a project I clean it with paste wax to freshen it up. The skirt is full dimension 2×6 purpleheart finished with General Finishes water based poly satin. The vices are quick release types from Rockler. The legs are birch ply over a double 2×3 frame with solid maple feet. The cabinet is birch ply with purpleheart drawer fronts rolling on 100lb glides. A nice feature is that the legs are lagged from the top and the chest is screwed between the legs making the entire bench very sturdy with no racking but can be broken down into four components for moving. Weight is over 300lbs but two people can slide it on furniture glide pads under the feet. Total cost was $700.
As good as it looks it is still a tool and I look forward to the bungs and scrapes that will give it more character like my grreat-grandfather’s tool chest from 1907 which has been past to me.
Some have asked why use exotic woods on my work pieces. The simple answer is it looks good but more importantly it gives me the opportunity to work with and evaluate some of these woods for experience. I am a novice having only ramped up my work product three years ago.