|Project by Eric||posted 09-06-2013 07:53 PM||3494 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
This bench is a gift to a friend, who got me into to workworking. (about 20+ years ago) We first built some adirondack chairs for a friend of ours, as a wedding gift, in his driveway one weekend. I was hooked. Then he set me off on my own with a bench top tablesaw. I quickly learned that kick back sucks and having a fence parallel to the blade was very important. So I went out a purchased my first tablesaw.
I have always wanted a good wood working bench. So, a few years back I ran across Benchcrafted, http://benchcrafted.com/index.html , and purchased the plans and some basic hardware. So, that set around the shop for about a year until “The Wood Whisperer” was doing a Roubo bench build, with Benchcrafted hardware. The full monty: tail vise, original glide, you know all the good stuff. So, being a guild member, I purchased all the hardware, with a nice discount. Then purchase a good lot of 8/4 maple to build it. It all set another year, until I got the idea to first build a workbench for a friend, to workout the kinks.
This bench is primarly built from 2x stock from a local big box store. It set in the shop for about 4 months, then planed it flat and got to work. I, also, used some 3/4” plywood for bottom shelf and 8/4” maple front and one end of the bench. The bench measures, 82” long, 24” wide and 36 1/4” high. The top is 4” thick. By far, the top was the hardest part of this project. As you can see from the picture of the flattening of the top stage.
I have this Richard-Wilcox bench vise from a commerical door bench that I used for years. My question, should I install this on the end (tail vise,like) of the bench? I would have to remove about an 1” depth of wood to get it to mount flush with the top. I worry that it may sag over time.
After I finish my current project, a bed, I will be onto my Roubo bench with all the nice maple and Benchcrafted hardware.
Thanks for reading, Eric
-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"