|Project by NiteWalker||posted 02-06-2012 08:00 AM||6403 views||10 times favorited||16 comments|
So I finally decided I needed a better workbench than the surface of my table saw. :p
The bench I built marries two sets of plans I had; Fine Woodworking's GSIW Workbench, and Kreg Tool's basic 2x4 workbench. I used the base design from the kreg bench (resized a bit for my needs) and the FWW GSIW workbench top. I liked the simplicity of the kreg base, but really liked the dog holes and vise on the FWW top.
I used 2×4’s for the base and plywood for the top. I didn’t want to use MDF since I didn’t plan on sealing the bench top. I also didn’t want to have to worry about it getting dinged up. All the scratches and dents will remind me of past projects.
The vise was mounted with the use of a plywood spacer and lag screws. The dog holes I drilled with a forstner, which took forever. I should have used a spade bit.
I plan on building another in the springtime but with formica laminated MDF as the top as an assembly table. I’ll skip the vise on that one and make the base longer since I won’t need the vise overhang.
Thanks for looking.
One thing I forgot to add, I bought and have been using Rockler's cheap bench dogs, and they’ve been doing everything I’ve needed.
-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.