|Project by Chris Campbell||posted 04-14-2012 12:38 PM||2477 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
If you see the before picture of my workshop, you will understand that this is a vast improvement over what was there before.
However, having read about other workbenches, I see a lot of changes I would make/will make in future workbenches.
So, it’s not fancy, and definitely not pretty, but serviceable, and, quite frankly, too darn heavy to move out now.
The legs are 4×4 posts, most of the rest of the framing is 2×4s (cleaning up the edges of the 2×4s is one of the things I’d do differently).
The top has a sub-base of 2×6s, with 3/4 inch plywood over that.
It’s pretty much all bolted together with lag screws.
The bench vise is from Rockler. Pretty happy with it so far.What would I do differently?
- make it a little bit shorter
- clean up the edges of the framing for better fit
- bury the vise in the tabletop
- make sure the dog hole next to the vise isn’t right over the vise screw (can’t believe I missed that one!)
- chamfer the edges of the top before installing the vise
But, overall, I’m OK with it – it’s early days yet; and, again, all made with just a jigsaw, circular saw, cordless drill and hand tools.
Finally – some constructive criticism would be most welcome – it will help me on the next one to not be this guy:
(To self): “Well, there it is. Looks pretty darn good!”
examines it a little more closely
“Man, why did I do that! That was dumb! Well, to much trouble to fix now”
-- Chris, Minneapolis