|Project by guitfiddleniick||posted 10-01-2012 05:13 AM||3078 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
After two long years in a tool prison, my beloved workbench and tool cabinet have found comfort in their new shop. I made this bench during a time when I worked for a wood importer. The bench is Paduak. Wedged through tenons for the upper and lower stretchers. The tail vise is made of Honduras rosewood, Cocobolo, Kamphi, and Lignum vitae. The square dogs are also Lignum, with cocobolo springs. I plan to add a tool till and breadboard the ends. The face vise is a sweet old quick release. The bench is 3 inches thick and is so f….in heavy. The tail vise hardware is Lee Valley. While it sat unused for two years, it mellowed some of the paduak from bright orange to a rich rusty red. My cabinet, which is a work in progress, has also come home. The upper part is a big dovetailed carcass of ash and cherry. The doors are raised panel cherry. This is currently the way I have it configured. I plan to add some cubbies and more drawers and doors, but haven’t figured out the layout yet. I would love to take suggestions. The botttom part is a plywood carcass with solid maple and cherry drawers with dovetail joinery. The drawers have 100 lb full extension slides and casters. The little chest of drawers under the bench is made entirely from wood rescued from a firewood pile.
-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese