|Project by john_az||posted 02-23-2012 11:02 PM||3265 views||12 times favorited||12 comments|
I just completed my workbench. The design was based from a Chris Schwarz design (24 hour workbench). It took me a good while longer to complete. The entire bench is made from home center materials (hemlock fir, douglas fir, birch plywood and MDF). The top was made from laminating 2 layers of the birch plywood and 2 layers of MDF. The top was edge banded with milled down douglas fir 2×4s. I used 2 bed bolts on each end of the long stretchers and through tenons on the short stretchers. This seems to have made it quite sturdy. I placed the top facing edge flush with the front legs to facilitate easy clamping of panels/boards to the front. The sliding deadman will also help with that. I purchased the Wilton and Columbian vises from a Lumberjocks member (rustynails). I flush mounted the rear jaws of each vise to make clamping things to the edge or face of the bench easy. This sure beats my old bench which was a wobbly contraption without a vise. It was often frustrating to attempt to work on anything when you can’t secure it.
-- John, Phoenix-AZ