|Project by WoodshopJoe||posted 06-27-2011 04:08 AM||6417 views||50 times favorited||30 comments|
Well I finally decided to upgrade from the two saw horses and 3/4” shelving that I have been using as a bench now for a number of years. So I created a project that makes my wife roll her eyes at me and she is now demanding that the kitchen finally gets it’s overdue upgrade. I told her I first had to create a “test” project before I could dive into a kitchen so here it is.
I built this using many of the species of wood that I typically use in the projects I build, there are 7 types used here, fir, maple, cherry, walnut, birch, oak and hickory. I needed a bench that is heavy duty for planing but yet mobile so I devised a lift system that uses cable to pull on a cantilevered wheel assembly. I can lift this bench easily and roll it around wherever, it’s pretty slick and simple to do. The lever in the down position is shown here, and when lifted the lever rests on the top of the stop which is dished out a bit to prevent it from sliding off.
I did my first book-matched veneer panels on the doors, now that I have bandsaw large enough to resaw lumber. I shaped the drawer and door pulls to be large and stout using the grinder and flapper wheel.
The top isn’t my first choice as I wanted one that was solid maple, but this was fast and it is flat and very durable. i plan on adding some hold-downs and vise to the front in the next couple of weeks. This one is made of a layer of 3/4 birch plywood, 3/4 MDF and 1/4 hardboard with a 1 1/2 maple edge.
Anyway, I am off to start working on the kitchen now…..thanks for looking.
-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop