|Project by Bob, Oregon||posted 11-18-2011 07:42 PM||2531 views||22 times favorited||20 comments|
A bench I started on the 4th of July and completed in mid-October. Turned out to be one of those BIG projects. But now I wish I had built one of these 40 years ago.
Mostly laminated Doug. fir and with a design that is basically a compilation of many ideas borrowed from C. Schwarz and R. Lang in “The Workbench Design Book” along with a nod to S. Landis’ “The Workbench Book”.
All in all it was a fun project and is extremely satisfying to use. You can hold just about anything very securely somewhere on it’s surface…or side…or end.
Top is 20”W X 3.25”T. All laminated from pieces ripped from 2X12’s and hand-planed to square and flat, which was a first for me and something that amazed me with it’s do-ability. Note that I did not say it was “easy”. It’ll put hair on your chest. But it is quite do-able.
I made my bench dogs from hickory dowel using a design by Schwarz in the WDB…using bullet catches on the sides to keep them in the holes while still allowing them to slide up and down…sort-of a Whack-a-Mole arrangement.
Veritas Twin-Screw vise for the face vise and a 9” quick-release from Rockler for the end vise, both with maple chops. So far I have no complaints about either. I deviated from the recommended installation procedure from Lee Valley on the twin-screw…something that they issue dire warnings about on the first page of the manual…but with some careful thought and close measuring it all worked out fine.
If anyone out there is vacillating about building a proper workbench, I say, “Start doing some research and formulating some plans. Then get to cutting wood.”
You’ll be very happy that you did.
-- 73, Bob