|Project by Luke||posted 07-09-2011 03:11 AM||22005 views||12 times favorited||6 comments|
I actually finished the top quite a while ago. I toiled for months on what type of bench to build, what materials to make it out of, and had huge visions for what would be the “bench of benches” and then I realized that I was using a bench made from 2×4 and 1/2” plywood and it would sway with the direction of force…
At that point, I realized I just need a functional bench, something that will last me for years, that can get beat up, that I can “learn on”
The top of the bench is a 1 1/2” Solid core door that I picked up at the local thrift shop for $6, I then laid a piece of 3/4” MDF on the top of it so it could be replaced if needed. In hindsight, I should have glued the MDF and then added a 1/4” hardboard top. Oh well.
The apron is just BORG 2×12 lumber ripped planed and jointed. I tried to find the most straight grained pieces I could.
I got the tail vice from Lee Valley during the free shipping event last year, and the face vice is from HF… I hate the face vice, eventually I’ll replace it.
It was my first shot at a hand cut dovetail, and 2x douglas fir may not be the best wood to learn on, but I got through it. The dog holes work great, bought a 3/4” dowel to make dogs with.
I used the “Shop Dog” plans to build some sturdy saw horses to keep the bench sturdy. Some day I’ll build a bottom to it with drawers and the like, but likely for the next few years, she’ll sit as she does, sturdy, and strong.