|Project by coolerjack||posted 06-26-2012 09:32 PM||1774 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
Here are some pics of my first bench.
I built this from scratch using a hand saw, hammer and chisels, a biscuit jointer, a router, a workmate bench and some glue.
The Front and side apron are made from 9” x 3” and the top and legs are 6” x 2”.
I joined the main top with biscuits and glue after cutting the square dog holes with my router.
This is then joined with biscuits and glue to the apron.
I cut the dovetails on the apron by hand with a mallet & chisel.
The legs are simply 6” x 2” screwed to the inside of the apron, these could do with some bracing but now I have a proper bench to work on I may try some mortice and tenon joints
The vice was from a duplicate order at work so cost me nothing :)
Total Cost of timber £40
I came across a couple of problems whilst building the bench
#1 Whilst the dovetail joints appeared to fit together reasonably well individually, when all put together as one the fit was not as good.
#2 When I glued up the top I ended up with a half inch curve upwards at the front right hand corner.
I’ve put these two problems down to – not having planed all the timber before cutting, not having a big enough flat surface to rest the top on for glue up, not having enough clamps & only clamping on one side.
I’ve just bought a record #7 plane from ebay for £27 so I will soon set to work flatening the top then i’ll be ready for making bench number 2!!