|Project by CharlieD||posted 03-31-2008 06:30 PM||3537 views||20 times favorited||22 comments|
This work bench is made from a combination of two different plans. The primary plan called for a maple top. After checking the price of maple I went to plan B and opted for a top made from 2×8 yellow pine. If you want to spent the money maple is great of course. I am pleased with the yellow pine and would recommend it to any one looking to build a good quality “heavy” workbench. It is softer of course but you can sand/plane down the top every couple of years it you feel the need. The side and end vise’s are from Veritas with the shoulders made from maple and walnut. I also added walnut feet to add contrast. It just seemed to need something there. Drilling the holes for the bench dogs was quite a chore since the top is 3 inches thick. The plans called for finishing the top using Waterlox (http://www.waterlox.com/). Expense stuff but it works well. I have never seen it recommended for use anywhere but in the plan I used.
-- Charlie - Texas