|Project by Karson||posted 03-08-2007 02:58 AM||7013 views||7 times favorited||19 comments|
I was asked to hold a French Polish seminar at our Mason Dixon Woodworkers Club Meeting. I knew that it would be impossable to do some examples using the plastic food tables that they had there.
I had a piece of Maple Bowling Alley left over from my kitchen remodel so I dug it out and found that it was about 6’ long and 18” wide. So I decided that I’d glue some scrap walnut on the sides to make it 24” wide. Most of the walnut was sap wood and I really didn’t have a use for it.
I also wanted to drill holes in the surface to use the Veritas clamps for holding articles on the surface. The bowling alley is made with hardened steel nails and no glue so to saw it or drill in it you run the possability of hitting some of these nails.
I was going to put 5 new strips of walnut on each side but I was using an airgun to shoot nail in between where I was going to drill and I ended up putting nails in the fifth board so I had to put a sixth so the nails wouldn’t show. So the otherside only has 4 boards.
The workbench can be disassembled. The top weighs about 100 lbs and it lifts up off the 4 square tenons in the end of each leg. The stretchers are attached to the legs with bed frame hardware and so they just disconnect from the legs also. You end up with 4 pieces to transport.
i also wanted a bench that allowed me to work from a chair, instead of having to stand up or use a stool.
The top of the surface is about 24” high.
I didn’t put a vise on it and I haven’t put breadboard ends on yet either. The maple has had a few hits from transportation so Breadboard ends might not be the answer.
It’s very stable and I use it a lot for assembly and glueing.
There is no finish on it and I just use a scraper to clean off the surface every so often.
I made a jig to assist in drilling the holes. I used a clevis pin from a tractor supply store and to move the spacing down the bench. The jig has a board on the keep the same offset from the front.
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