|Project by RazedGrain||posted 09-20-2013 01:31 AM||5188 views||26 times favorited||26 comments|
Finally done!! :) Well has been for a few weeks but haven’t posted yet.
Those of you who have built Workbenches can understand the awesomeness and immense satisfaction from such a huge project. This was a bear to tackle but it feels so good to have it finished. On and off, Nights, weekends etc, for 5 months this has been my baby. Coming from using a sheet of whatever on top of some shady sawhorses or whatever somewhat horizontal surface I could find, this is such an upgrade it just can’t be described.
I don’t own (or have the space for) a jointer, so I flatten and square edges with hand planes. Not having a vice of any kind before, this makes life SOO much easier!
It incorporates several ideas from several sources. The two biggest were fine woodworking’s “The Not So Big Workbench” and “The Essential Workbench” hence the name. Credit to them for the nice design. The wagon vise design I owe some props to Mauricio. Very similar to his thanks for the inspiration. I really didn’t want a shoulder vise screw sticking out the end of the bench so this solution was awesome.
The base as well as the majority of the top is construction grade lumber from the BORG. Used 2×10’s and ripped out the pith in the middle ending up with 90% quatersawn boards. Apron, end caps, vises, and dog strip are from hard maple and roasted maple. The drawer boxes and drawers are all from Baltic Birch..man is that stuff expensive!
A few warts on it no doubt as I am still fairly new to this craft, but all in all I couldn’t be happier with it. I learned a lot from the construction, and while I don’t intend this to be my last bench, it will serve me very well for the years to come.
Thanks for looking :)
-- - Jeff - Hamilton, ON, Canada