|Project by Les Hastings||posted 594 days ago||5509 views||59 times favorited||48 comments|
This bench started out as just a 2×12 and a 2×4. Then I decided it needed to be made out of something a little harder. I finally rounded up some white oak to make it out of. Somewhere in the process I decided to dovetail all the joints and champher all the edges. The tall vice was in Shopnotes a while back and i thought it might come in handy so I hand made it first. I have an old school vice that I was going to put on the end of the bench. After I mounted it to the bench I decided it was butt ugly and took it off. That’s when I decided to make that vice too. When I made it i changed the handle a little bit, so I then remade the handle for the tall vice to match. Right before the finish went on I thought it looked a little plain, that’s when the inlays started. First it was just going to be the top but after that was done I decided it need just a little more. Every time I looked at it, it needed just a little more. When I finally decided enough was enough I finished it with two coats of Waterlox. I’m thinking I’m done with it now????
Thanks for looking and have the best of holidays to all!
-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)