|Project by Newage Neanderthal||posted 10-23-2011 12:26 AM||4518 views||15 times favorited||25 comments|
Trying to figure out which bench design I wanted to go with took longer than building the bench. I went back and forth repeatedly but finally settled here. It’s made entirely out of big box SYP except for the face vise chop and sliding deadman, which are made from hard maple I got from a buddy of mine. The top is slightly over 4” thick, the legs 4.5”x5”, and almost 8’ long. By far the most expensive part of the bench is the vises. I opted for the Veritas quick release face and tail vises, and don’t regret it at all. They work great. The bottom shelf is ship lapped and setting on stretchers, not glued or screwed, just a nice friction fit holding them tight. On the chop of the tail vise I drilled out some side holes shown in pic two to allow me to easily push my dog back up. All the tenons are pegged with white oak dowels. The shape of the deadman is based on what I think to be the most beautiful shape in the world; I’ll let you figure out what that is. The title may be a bit presumptive, but I am loving this bench in a way that may be unhealthy.
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