|Project by BrettMcD||posted 05-12-2013 09:58 PM||4487 views||17 times favorited||10 comments|
Hi, just figured that I would post this workbench. As some of you might notice, it is fairly close to my Nicholson workbench I built a year ago. Often I hear people say if I had it to do over again I would change this, so consider this my second attempt. Workbench is made out of pine from Lowes for a total cost of around $100. I recycled as much wood as I could from the first workbench. Dimensions are 72”X 21”X 37”. Main things that I changed listed below:
1.) Workbench height raised five inches; I haven’t had a sore back since.
2.) Wagon vise added. I decided that I wanted a tail vise bad enough to put one on this bench. I built the vise from scratch using the plans in the Scott Landis workbench book from the section on unusual tail vises. It mentioned in the text that it operated the wrong way. So I ordered a screw with left hand threads and a cast iron wheel. I worked on it off and on for about 4-5 months and a guy at work did all of the metal milling. So all told I have about $170 into the vise build. It works remarkably well; however, if I had to do it over again I would be hard-pressed not to just buy the Bench-crafted and be done with it.
3.) I added additional holes along the front apron and put the top holes at the same height as my front vise bars to help support long stock easily.
4.) All holes drilled will work with either hold-fasts or bench dogs. I drilled a row of holes on back slab to help hold battens for planing.
5.) Added a shelf to help hold tools and provide more storage.
6.) The front vise is now inside the front leg. This made it more stable and I can use the hold fast holes to hold a scrap piece of wood to prevent the face vice from racking.
Those are the major changes. The bench weighs in at 250 pounds. I weighed each sub assembly as I was building it, and when I add a small hand plane chest that should add even more weight. I think it is a keeper and am already really happy with this workbench.