|Project by Andrius_Sta||posted 03-11-2012 06:20 PM||5157 views||26 times favorited||21 comments|
I built my very first workbench with the guidance of Chris Schwarz’s workbench book. I am amazed by it’s workholding capabilities and stability.
I used yellow pine for most of the bench (the vise and crochet are Oak/Meranti)
Building this took me about 70 hours of labour and a truck load of pine.
Some snapshots from the journey:
Next to the french bike I kept the boards inside for couple weeks for the moisture to be
Equilibrium with the shop.
2 of 3 Essential tools for this project that made everything super fast and easy. (Third one is something to rip the boards apart, this time it was my circular saw.)
Laminations These beams are soon to be a massive thick workbench top!
Tenons This time festool was my tenon saw. I am honestly happy with how this tool performs, even though it supposed to be for cutting up sheet goods
Final glue up It’s very handy to have a handplane for tweaking joints before gluing up the 4 beams together. Clamp pressure here is not much help for getting rid of imperfections on the edges.
Soon All the parts ready to join together.
Drawboring An ancient technique that everyone should look up and try. I could not have done without it on this project.
Dead flat Any hils,twists and other imperfections must be removed for a dead flat worksurface. A hand jointer makes sure that everyting is level and will help you to maintain the flats in the future.
Eastern approach Cutting out the opening for the vise with a Ryoba saw and chiseling the waste with a japanese chisel.
If you are considering building a workbench for yourself I really recommend you to google a guy named Christopher Schwarz and read his books.
-- Andrius Sta, Utrecht The Netherlands http://www.andriussta.com