|Project by Bob A in NJ||posted 2079 days ago||4142 views||35 times favorited||19 comments|
I prefer to call this a Funbench vs Workbench since woodworking is such a great way to relax.
I started by looking at other benches and using features and options I could use.
It took awhile to design this for my needs.
So, what if? ..... you need a bench that:
Is heavy duty
Has some features of the Fine Woodworking “new fangled workbench” http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/Workshop/WorkshopArticle.aspx?id=28530 (edge clamp) & (end pony clamps)
All pipes must be easily removable, especially the 3/4” clamps on the end as to afford more walk-around space.
Has wheels so easily moved around a small garage shop
Has drawers for extra tools incorporating full extension slides for maximum access
Has a sacraficial top with several hold down options for carving and dovetailing.
Can support a Craftsman vise
Can be used as a outfeed table for my tablesaw.
Well, here it is.
Legs are made with fir 4×4’s, joined with 1 1/2 dowels and lag bolts. Tool box is made from 3/4” plywood and solid oak front to match my lathe table. Work top is 2 laminated pcs of 3/4” x 2’ x 4’ plywood with an additional 1/2” piece. Top is wrapped with solid walnut and oak trim and a large dovetail. Pony clamps and front side stop for edging removes quickly when not being used. Sanding sealer and laquer finish gives protection and a nice shine.
Cost about $300.00 not including the vise I’ve had for years. Took about 25 hours to build.
This is the project I broke my arm on, check my blog for details. Other than the arm thing, this was fun to build and meets all my design criteria.
-- Bob A in NJ