|Project by RustySpur||posted 08-27-2012 11:00 PM||4530 views||11 times favorited||6 comments|
I finally finished my first real workbench. After months of agonizing over design, cost, and effort, I settled on John White’s New Fangled Workbench design (FWW, 1999). I am super impressed with the features and ease of use. I used 2×12 SYP from HD and ripped everything to width. I was a little too ambitious during the first few days and hand planed all 6 sides of every piece I cut. That worked well for the legs, but I got tired and eventually realized that 1) you won’t see most of the pieces and 2) that’s a lot of work for a tool that’s gonna get banged up. So, I then decided to only plane the visible sides. I waited to smooth out the top until everything was assembled. I used 1/2 pipe and haven’t had any issues with lack of strength or bowing.
Took me about 2 weekends and a few nights to assemble the bench. I spent the last weekend applying 2 coats of boiled linseed oil to the entire piece and added a 3rd coat to the top surface. My wife didn’t care for the fumes in the garage, but a few hours with fans and an open door and all’s well.
I failed to take a lot of ‘intermediate’ pictures, so all you get is the final version.
-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior