|Project by RS Woodworks||posted 10-03-2011 05:24 PM||8247 views||36 times favorited||31 comments|
Well guys and gals, My bench is in working condition and has been essentially finished. I say it’s still only half done because I will be adding a full set of tool drawers underneath it and I need to add a few more finishing touches. The end vise needs the cover, there will be a couple 2011 pennies put in the saw handle support to commemorate the year of completion and look like saw medallions, and a few other little touches.
If you look at my blog (click near my avatar) you’ll see that I kinda gave up on the blog a while ago. This was basically because of time constraints. But I did continue to take pictures and will post them as I go. I will try to answer any / all questions you have on the build, and will describe some more of it below.
The bench top is 3” thick maple and walnut. The legs are 3”x5” maple posts and the side panels are fir. The lower stretchers are birch. Part of the goal of this bench was to use existing materials I had on hand, and the legs, stretchers, and side panels are from reclaimed barn beams. The leg vise is birch and walnut, and the end vise is oak and walnut. The vise handles were custom turned for me from bubinga. I put wheels on the bottom of the leg vise so that it moves easily and all the weight is not on the vise screw. The sliding deadman is 2” thick oak and slides very easily on the lower stretcher and a groove in the underside of the top. I wanted a little extra support between the rear jaw of the end vise and the legs because the rear jaw is just attached with a full width sliding dovetail, so I decided to make those supports look like saw handles. I used one of my old Disston saws for a template.
Thanks very much for looking.
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