|Project by blackivory69||posted 06-20-2011 09:53 AM||2695 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
This is my traditional workbench. This is just a bit smaller than a regular bench, it’s because of my small shop (the top is 24”x52”). I didn’t follow any plan but I know what I want when I was building it. I know I want a workbench that is clamps friendly, hence the apron size is the same as the thickness of my top which is 3 1/2”. I also want a sliding deadman to hold a longer stock. Both end caps are floating or were only glued around 2” from the center to compensate on the wood movement. This is my first time building a workbench and also my first hand cut dovetail. As you can see from the photo that I did not sand enough to get rid of my line on the fin side. But I don’t mind. The joinery is M & T. And the rails are holding by nuts and bolts. Because the feet and rails are all 4×4s, this bench is very stable. The front vise is an old quick release that I score from an old guy for $35 which is really nice. I forgot the manufacturer but it was made in USA. The end vise is a regular end vise from Veritas. Except for the aprons (hard Maple) where the two vises are and the deadman (don’t know what kind of hardwood is it, but I know it’s hard), the whole bench is made out of Southern Yellow Pine. I finished it with a few coats of Dainish oil.
Now why did I choose Pine instead of maple or other hardwood? Simple answer, it was FREE (i forgot to tell you that I am cheap). The wood came from CRATES that I got from my work. So it’s totally FREE. So the good thing about this workbench is, I am not worry every time I scratch or beat it. i can concentrate on my project and not on the darn workbench. That’s the beauty of it. This is also my assembly table. Any kind of comments, suggestions, questions, or advise will be appreciated. Thanks for looking. :)