|Project by MrFid||posted 04-14-2013 07:58 AM||3478 views||16 times favorited||18 comments|
This is my first post on Lumberjocks. I have been on this site for a short time, and it has quickly become one of my favorite websites on the internet. Thank you all for inspiring me to dive more deeply into this hobby.
I have known for a while that I needed a workbench, but had been putting it off for other priorities (non-woodworking related). Once I returned and decided that I’d like to try it on a more serious level, I started reading blogs, books, LJs, etc. I quickly realized that it would be tremendously harder without a workbench. I found the plans for this bench at woodsmithshop.com (I have read most of the plans that they have posted, and I DVR the show). Someday this will become my backup bench, and I plan to build a full-tilt Roubo, but not right now. This one will suffice.
The bench is made from 2x stock premium Douglas Fir (not sure why they call it premium… I had to dig through for 20 mins to find enough suitable pieces for this) and MDF (cheap, flat and heavy as the plans call for). The firs were cut on my crappy Ryobi table saw (mistake #1 that I have made so far in woodworking was settling for a lame TS), then planed and jointed on my 735 DeWalt planer and my Grizzly 8” jointer (oh. wait. I own neither of those. They were planed and jointed by handplanes that I restored…more on that later maybe). The top is 4 layers of MDF (2 full layers and 2 more layers underneath to provide clamping purchase a la “the plans”). It’s possible that I should note that the plans are for a ginormous workbench. Mine is only 6 feet long. All I have room for. I have drilled some dog holes, for which I use the Kreg Dogs. I plan to drill more later if necessary. They work great!
The face clamp is a 9” face clamp that I picked up at Woodcraft. Not bad. One side (static side) is buried in the fir that surrounds the top, and the other (sliding) side has more fir attached to it.
You may also notice in the third picture that I have conveniently located my bench beside my kegerator (Allagash White on tap right now!). This location was not chosen coincidentally.
I have aspirations of putting a caster system in place with hinges that will allow the bench to sit at its present height when not in roll-ey mode. Someday.
I welcome any comments positive or negative! I am having a lot of fun building, reading, and learning from all of you!
-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.