|Project by BrettMcD||posted 05-03-2012 04:13 AM||6885 views||25 times favorited||25 comments|
Well just barely finished my take on a Nicholson workbench and thought that I would share.
23 inches wide X 72 inches Long X 32 inches High
After agonizing and agonizing over which kind of workbench I wanted to build and have the “perfect” bench, I finally decided that I was going to go crazy if I read through Sam Allen’s book or Scott Landis’s book one more time. I searched everywhere I could on the Internet for way too long, this was driving me crazy. Then I finally stumbled onto Mike Siemsen’s blog and Bob over at the Logan Cabinet shoppe. I thought, “Hey, I have a fighting chance of actually completing that workbench.” So, long story short, I decided that a six foot long workbench was just a bit more than my tiny shop could handle…so that is how long I made it. I used to have a four foot workbench, and I LOVE the extra length. Best part about the workbench.
My wife got me the Large Front Vise from Veritas along with other wooworking tools for Christmas, so that is what I put on the front. Yep, she is absolutely a keeper. I really like how compact and well behaved this vise is. Not a lot of racking so far, I think I will eventually make a bunch of spacers for it. For now I just use whatever scrap piece of wood is lying around.
I am extremely proud of the vise handle as it is my FIRST ever turning on the lathe. I think it turned out really nice. I figure I spent about 6 hours on it and spent $10 on sand paper to replace a $6 vise handle. What more can I say? It was still a ton of fun.
No tail vise. Just a split top and a planing stop modeled after Ian Kirby. Simple, cheap so far. It is a fairly elegant solution, only time will tell if I want to get the Benchcrafted wagon vise if I ever build another workbench someday.
Front Apron is a 2X10 with a backer board behind it. The apron adds a ton of rigidity to the bench. It is absolutely stable even without stretchers on the bottom of the legs. Apron also has holes drilled into it for the Gramercy holdfasts. I’m really happy with that so far. The bench is extremely solid; I am very pleased with that.
In conclusion if you don’t have very many tools or clamps this is an excellent style to build. So far I am very impressed with the decision. NO workbench is “perfect” but this design has a lot going for it I like it. Thanks!