|Project by CarterR||posted 03-31-2014 07:21 PM||2884 views||18 times favorited||15 comments|
I built the Benchcrafted Shaker Bench following their exact plans. If you decide to embark on this journey I recommend you read their Construction Notes first. The only thing I changed is not adding the bottom platform. I liked the height and I did not need the bench to be an 1” higher.
Like everyone who has used Benchcrafted’s Vises, I have nothing but good things to say about them. Their customer service is great and when installed correctly the vises turn as smooth as butter. Installing the Criss Cross can be tricky, but once in you will never make a bench without one.
The top is 87” long X 25” wide. The top is coated with linseed oil, and the bottom is painted with General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint.
That beautiful cherry inlay on the top was a mistake. I did not enjoy making the square dog holes and once I finished them I went on to make the dead man slot. I finished the dead man slot and realized I did it on the wrong side. I did not want to make another set of dog holes and I was low on wood so I stuck a piece of scrap cherry in the void.
This is the carcass of the bench.
This is the carcass after I attached the frame.
Some more photos