|Project by ITnerd||posted 03-27-2012 03:37 PM||2618 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Hey all, I’ve been getting further and further behind in project postings. So time to take one step forward.
This is my first workbench, primarily for hand tool work in my small shop. This is the first of the three projects I’ll be putting up, all based on the excellent design of the Lockwatcher Shop Table.
Sketchup was key for me, as I had not built a bench before, and am too dumb to follow the perfectly good plans out there.
- I saw a commercial bench maker (Canadian i beleive, can’t find the link now) who had removable/reversible rails. I liked the concept, and incorporated it here.
- I left the front legs with a gap at the base, in case I want to tie in another pair of legs (for heft/support). Have not needed to yet.
- The vises are only backwards if you are right-handed. :)
The best part of this project is I got to do 95% percent of the final dimensioning with my Brother & Dad. Dad had come in from Virginia for his birthday gift from us, a long weekend on Lake Oconee. Brother was back from Tour #2 with his new bride. We did this when we got back to the city.
- Thier first time with a Table Saw, and we ripped & cut everything but 2 dividers to support the top. As Lockwatcher mentions, be careful ripping dimensioned lumber, the internal tension can be very surprising to a novice.
- I let the SYP sit for a long time, both before dimensioning and after, and used only the best, tight grained quartersawn for the bench. Was worth it for me, as I had very little warping or cuppign to deal with.
- I trued the top with the lazy mans scrub plane (a Dewalt powered hand-planer on full tilt), then we had at it with the 608 and Bailey 7. Vise installs were easy, as luck would have it. One mortise required for each; one into the side rail for the end vise, and a mortise into the bottom of the front right panel for the back face of the quick release up front. Some Maple blocking for the mounting, and job done.
Are we there yet?
- Finish – Not sure it will ever get one, but we’ll see. I plan on just replaning/toothing the surface as needed, so probably nothing on the top.
- Back Rail – I would like a substantial back rail, that could raise or drop flush, adding an inch or two to the bench depth, and giving me a backstop for some projects.
- Storage – the two temporary sleds underneath are to get a feel for what I want under there, before I build the storage boxes. I am currently envisioning 2; one cart for toolchests & homeless power tools, the other a sharpending station (grinder & buffing rail/lathe).
- Long Term Mobility – I am cheating now, I have left felt furniture movers on the leg to try different shop positions, pull it away from wall etc. I plan to put tacky rubber on the bottom to really stick it to the fake wood flooring, although its mass keeps it still for everything except scrub planing. If it turns out moving it around works best for me, I may have to revisit this.
Whew – thats about all I can think of for this one – thanks for looking, and thanks again to Ken C. for sharing his great concept and build walkthrough.
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