|Project by Dave T||posted 01-06-2013 11:56 PM||1319 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I finished this back in September. It’s not perfect, but it is 100% better than what I was using. I had an old hollow core computer desktop supported by some slapped together 2X4’s. Which does ok, for my outfeed table, but for a hand tool bench it wasn’t sufficient. And since I am slowly starting to work with hand planes and other hand tools I figured it was my turn to build a good solid bench.
I read both of Chris Schwarz books and looked at all of your postings as well. The bench is loosely based on the Popular Woodworking $175 bench plan. I decided not to go with bench dogs at this point, and decided not to go with a tail vise. Since I am left handed I put the vise on the right side. So far it has worked fairly well and has done everything I need.
I went to Fine Woodworking Live back in August and was talking to Matt Keaney. He said if this is my first bench, just finish it and work with it a little. Chances are he said it won’t be the last bench I build. I can always build another one or add features. Best advice I had through the hole process. I was trying to way over analyze the bench build. I have built a planning stop as an accessory so far.
Thanks for looking.