|Forum topic by Ben||posted 12-29-2015 09:51 PM||529 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
12-29-2015 09:51 PM
I’d like to build myself a woodworking bench soon. I plan on building a shaker style (cabinet) with drawers and doors underneath, and a leg vise and tail vise, with sliding dead man..
I think it would be nice to avoid milling lots of large, heavy maple for the top. I see many places online sell the tops at a reasonable cost. Although they seem to be finger jointed and shipping must be a lot.
I’ve found an “antique” bench near me – it’s 4” thick maple. 32” deep, 96” long, with a tool tray. It comes with a basic metal jaw vise. I don’t think it’s super old. Looks to have a few round dog holes in it. And it appears to be through-bolted across its width.
Do you think this would be a sensible thing to buy and design the rest of the bench around?
I suppose I’d need to make sure the glue joints are good and it’s reasonable flat? Or, were benchtops typically not glued but bolted together? Or both?
Thanks for any insight.