|Project by TDog77||posted 07-17-2012 01:12 AM||5460 views||20 times favorited||30 comments|
Well this thing has been quite the journey for me. This is my first official woodworking project other then my crosscut sled for my tablesaw. I decided against a lot of advice at taking on a project of this scale as my first one but I knew I wanted and needed a workbench so decided what better project to learn traditional joinery on then one that can have a few cosmetic flaws on. I followed along on this guild build over at Wood Whisperer and could not be happier with the instruction and guidance Marc offered. I built the entire bench out of White Ash with some accent pieces made out of Walnut. It contains dovetails, small and large mortise and tennon joints including many that use the drawbore technique (which I love by the way), shiplap joints and about 1 gallon of glue! I struggled over what hardware I wanted to use and after choosing Benchcrafted for the tail and leg vise I could not be happier; It is smooth, strong, extremely well crafted and pleasing to my eye at least. The top slab is a full 4 inches thick with a split and gap stop running dead center of the top the can be set below the surface, removed for clamps or left high as a stop. The overall is 87 inches long and 2 feet deep about 35 inches tall and I would estimate it to be about 350-400 pounds. I used my router, tablesaw, jointer and planer a TON plus many small hand tools that I will give a short rundown on another post since I don’t think I can talk about it in this section and will go over what I like and dislike about each since most of them I used for the first time extensively. I think all in all it took me about 80 hours to build but honestly a fair amount of time was spent picking up other tools that I needed, many hours getting planes and chisels flat and shaving sharp and learning how to use some of the tools and even set others up. Heck I got so sick of the knives on my Old DJ-20 that I installed a Byrd during the process as well. I generated 8 full contractor bags of shavings during the course of this build and cannot seem to get rid of them LOL and will at least figure out a way to compress and burn them in the fireplace. I cannot wait to put the thing into full use for a kitchen island that I want to build next! I think I am going to be needing some addiction classes with this new obsession of mine or at least a case of wine to ease the nerves of my saint of a wife in taking on the three little ones solo for such long periods. Thanks to all you fellow jockers who helped me set up, find, tune and use my tools…..After this build I have a lot more coming.