|Project by Lumberpunk||posted 02-25-2014 05:34 PM||4003 views||23 times favorited||11 comments|
My Version of the Milkman’s workbench.
I was looking for some sort of bench but my basement shop is already crammed to the gills, so when I stumbled across this post: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89903 I was inspired to make my own version.
The bench measures 30”x16” and is made from 8/4 maple offcuts from a big cutting table I made for a friends clothing design business.
The tail vise end is a big ol’ dovetail (my first) cut on the bandsaw and cleaned up with planes and chisels. The far end is mortise and tenoned, you can see the purpleheart plug where I cut a mortise on the wrong side. Pbbt!
The main clamping block has biscuits attaching it to the frame to aid with alignment during glue up and the little support block next to the twin screw vise has dowels for the same reason.
The vise screws are made from what ever kind of 1/2 inch ready rod they had at the hardware store in my very small town with nuts mortised into the frame and glued with epoxy. I also epoxied a nut to the end of the screw and trapped it inside the chop with a 1/8th piece of purpleheart so the vise would return when unscrewed. However I am now wishing I had left the twin screw chop free on the ends so I could take it out and replace it with two chops to make three vises or make custom chops to hold different shapes. I may dig out the purpleheart plates one day to make this possible.
I had a piece of 7/8th birch dowel I made lying around so I drilled all my dog holes at 7/8ths but realized after that this cut me off from all the 3/4” accessories available out in the world. Might have to get some brass bushings to make fitting some other stuff possible down the line.
As all the wood was offcuts I think my total cost was about $12 for the ready rod and nuts and I still have a few good lengths of rod left.
Finished with two coats of BLO.
A great project to build, a good learning experience and super effective as a bench for smaller projects. It has already seen a lot of use and puts a big grin on my face.