|Project by VetMed||posted 05-10-2011 08:05 AM||4436 views||29 times favorited||11 comments|
My first laminated top workbench measures 30” wide x 60” long. The “field” of the bench top is comprised of 3” thick douglas fir that was salvaged from a barn (1970’s era wood). The end aprons and vise face are 2” x 6” cherry. The side aprons are a sandwich of maple and black walnut. Base is made of pine reused from an old bench that I had been using, bottom shelf is cut from that previous bench top. Base finished with 3 coats satin poly. Top finished in Turpentine/Beeswax/BLO combination.
Yes, I am still missing a handle for vise, plan to make one out of some left over walnut when I get a chance.
A lot of firsts went into constructing this bench: First dovetail joints, first time to use a plane of any sort (Low angle block plane used to level aprons and flush trim dovetails), and first time to install a bench vise.
Dovetails were not on my shortlist of things I wanted to learn to do by hand, but after failing to find a router jig that would produce the results I wanted, I dove into it head first. Despite others’ warnings, I decided not to do any practice first, and just went at it with a handsaw and chisel. The results were some pretty “rough” looking dovetails. I was able to fix some gaps with wedges and make it look somewhat respectable. I now have these dovetails to look at, during cutting of future dovetails, as “motivation” to practice more in the future. Overall a really fun project.