|Project by KCConst||posted 07-30-2013 02:28 AM||2740 views||7 times favorited||10 comments|
I’ve been working on this for a few weeks now and finally have a little time to display and discuss.
This workbench top was made of salvaged maple flooring from a local gymnasium. I pulled nails, cleaned up the faces with a planer, jointed an edge and ripped the widest width remaining. The table top is a little more than 2” thick with added thickness at the edges. I intentionally left many of the original nail holes which were stained by the iron in the nails. Dimension is +/- 87” x 36” and 27-1/2” high to be flush with the table saw.
The center trough has a hole in the bottom in which I fabricated a duct and extended with some 4” flex that can be connected to a dust collector. I’m working on a cover for the trough which will have holes creating a vacuum table of sorts and provide a smooth surface from edge to edge. I will also drill dog holes the first time I need them.
The workbench is on 6 swivel casters and can abut my table saw to serve as a left side extension. When placed next to the table saw the tops combined length is over 12’ from the vise. The base was made of 2×4 pine and a salvaged oak door. I lag bolted the 2×4’s to the door and capped the 3/4” bore with hand turned walnut plugs.
I finished the entire table with polyurethane at first but after reading through the topic here on LJ, I sanded all the poly off of the table top and hand rubbed it with Watco Danish oil. I left the trough and base in poly which helps considerably in dust removal and cleanup.
I really like nice things but I’m stuck somewhere between making a beautiful workbench/piece of art and a functional workbench that will see plenty of scars from use.
-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden