|Project by RTim||posted 09-16-2011 02:14 AM||2520 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
I finally completed my workbench. I’ve been agonizing over the design for a while and I finally decided to just make something and see what I like and don’t like so the next one will be better. The top was made from an old table top I rescued almost 20 years ago. They were going to throw it away and I couldn’t see letting a 48”x60”x1 1/2” piece of solid oak get thrown away! I scraped off the old finish, ripped the top into ~3” strips and glued it back together. It was a little narrower than I wanted for a bench top so a trip to the lumber yard added to it.
The base frame is made from some old 2×10s I had. I ripped and laminated 3 together for the legs, and use one 3”wide piece for each stretcher. All joints in the base are mortise and tenon. The cabinet is 3/4” birch plywood. The drawer fronts are maple that I got at a huge discount. #2 maple planed to 3/4” and ripped one edge for $0.35 a board foot! I made the door and drawer fronts and integrated pulls from the maple. The pulls are designed to look like the full length pulls on a mechanics chest. It’s a 3/4”x1 1/2” piece of maple with a 7/16”x1 3/16” rabbet take out of it and glued to the top of the drawer front. Add in a few full extension drawer sides and the base is complete.
The finish on the top is 3 coats of tung oil and paste wax. The base has 3 coats of polyurethane. Now I need to find a pair of vises. I’m thinking of a pair from Grizzly – the Shop Fox 8 inch Wood Vise mortised into the front left side with an oak jaw added and the Grizzly Cabinet Maker's Vise the right end, with dog holes drilled as needed.
Overall dimensions of the finished bench are 29”deep x 72” wide x 36” tall. It’s the perfect height to double as an outfeed table for my table saw. Total cost for this bench was just under $100 but the vises will cost me an an additional $100.
-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin