|Project by rimfire7891||posted 03-21-2012 02:44 AM||3500 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
Needed a bench at the California hangout. Don’t have a full shop. No table saw or compound mitre——yet, maybe don’t need them and will do more by hand?
Picked up a $95.00 vice here in Canada which is a pretty good knock off of the old Record 52E.
Used Douglas Fir 4×4 for the legs and top stretchers and doubled up 2×4’s for the bottom stretchers. Over all dimension are 24” wide 48” long and 34” high. Top is 65 1/2” x 25 1/2” with flush edge on the back so it can go against the wall and an over hang on the business side for clamping.
Used 3/4” douglas fir CDX for the top and trimmed the edges with pine.
16- 3/8×8 bolts for the corner connections and cut the holes with 1” spade bit. Made them D shaped with a chisel.
Drilled the holes 7/16” for a little clearance for the 3/8” bolts. Screwed/glued the top together for the clamping effect and removed the screws later so don’t have to worry about hitting one when drilling the dog holes. The screw holes are on the underside, used 1 1/4” pocket hole screws.
Should do the job for many years. Haven’t decided if I will put a piece of laminate or hardboard on the top. Have used the out-feed table in my regular shop as more of a bench/assemble table, without a vice for many years and the laminate has held up well. Only now after 20 years or so am I thinking it would be better to replace it.
Usually you can find laminate cheap in odd colours or mis-ordered pieces, will have to look.
All in all a very satisfying time spend outside in the sun. Total material cost including the vice,bolts and wood right on $200.
Note: California hours, are that you must take wine or beer breaks regularly.
-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.