|Project by John Ormsby||posted 03-21-2008 05:48 AM||5065 views||29 times favorited||27 comments|
Hello, I didn’t realize my workbench would get so many comments. I thank all for your interest. I will try to answer some of your questions regarding this bench. I have included 2 more photos. I built it around 3 years ago. I was really needing a long bench so decided to build one instead of buying one. The timing was right as I had some wood left over from some jobs that was taking up space. I bought a set of Ulmia plans at woodcraft and based the design and construction from their plan. I thought a lot about the height and went with 38” because I work a lot with the router, jigs, sanding, and general planing and scraping. I am about 6’ tall. I tested different heights for these tasks and found 38” served me well. I imagine the height for anyone’s particular bench will vary. The finish is just many coats of wipe on poly that is on the top, bottom, and sides. That way I can just sand it and freshen it up with another coat when needed. The table was built in sections and run through jointer and planer to true them up. Then they were glued into wider sections. I have a 16” jointer which allowed me to make the top almost perfectly flat in 2 main sections. The base legs are normal mortise and through tenons with the stretchers mortised and bolted. The top is 4” thick in some places and 2 1/2” thick in others. This is to accommodate a twin screws vise in the future if it is needed. The bench weighs so much that I used an engine lift to flip it over when putting on the finish. I think it is over 400 lbs. I’ll see how many BF of wood is in it and do a rough calculation later. I do take care of this bench and always put some mdf or other protection when sawing, routing, carving, or finishing. The bench looks as good today as when new. It might actually look better because the wood has started to get more deep in color over time. There are many benches that are really true pieces of art. I consider this one more of a utilitarian tool than a piece of furniture. It’s main purpose is to provide me a flat even sold surface to work wood.
One of the photos is of a Lie Nielsen bronze 4 1/2 anniversary plane working some ebony inlay into some lacewood for some boxes. John
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