|Project by Freakazoid||posted 03-03-2012 09:23 PM||3639 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
This project is all about firsts for me – starting with my first project post.
I based my design off of the fine woodworking design, and altered a few things. Here is the finished bench. It is made primarily out of Douglas Fir. I used boiled linseed oil for the finish, the first time using the stuff (messy!)
This picture was intended to show off the bench but really demonstrates what a wreck my garage is. The front ends of the base line up with the inside jaw. The thought at the time was when I finally build a real bench (the kind that sits on the floor) I could clamp it up to the very edge and use the big table and whatever vises it has to help:
The jaws are hard maple and open to about 2 inches or so (I haven’t yet measured it). The vise kit is from Benchcrafted. I noticed some glue behind the left side of the jaw that I hadn’t cleaned up while I was putting the oil on (this is not a first for me).
The FWW plans use mortise and tenon joinery for the legs and lag bolts for the stretchers. I chose to give drawboring a shot for the legs and dovetails for the stretchers, both firsts – although the pictures do not show the first attempts! It took me a while to figure things out for the dovetails, but I ended up cutting the tails on the table saw and hand cutting the pins. Worked OK, just a few minor problems.
Overall this was a fun project and I got to try a lot of the things I had only read about.
Dimensions: 11” tall, ~35” wide, top is 14” deep, base is 16” deep for clamping. Top is 1.25” thick. Vise jaws are 6 ” tall, 3/4” thick hard maple
Hardware: Benchcrafted Moxon vise kit, 6 lag bolts to fasten top to base
One last thing – thanks for all the information you all post. It would be near impossible to do these things without any help.
-- I can complicate anything