|Forum topic by BrianNH||posted 01-25-2016 01:45 AM||1446 views||1 time favorited||19 replies|
01-25-2016 01:45 AM
Completed my Benchcrafted Shaker Workbench today. It took a long time – started it in April 2015. It was an ambitious project – probably my most ambitious so far and I learned a lot of new things in the process. For one, I bought a couple of new Lie Nielsen hand planes and used these extensively to process the rough lumber. The hand planes definitely improved my ability to process rough lumber and obtain straight boards. Also discovered Spax wood screws and lag screws – these worked great and not sure that I’ll go back to anything else.
The cabinet is made using plywood and poplar and the benchtop is 2 1/8” thick hard maple. Leg vise and deadman are also made with maple. I used Benchcrafted leg and tail vise hardware and shaker bench plans. I also included a set of workbench casters from Woodcraft just in case I need to move it as everything in my shop is on wheels.
The plans from Benchcrafted were excellent although a bit overwhelming. These are not like your typical magazine plans. The plans were delivered on 20” x 30” paper in six pages. They also had plenty of PDF docs available from the website, including a written construction notes for the bench itself and thorough instructions for both the leg and tail vise hardware installation. All the measurements were exact, which made the build a pleasure.
Overall, I’m very happy with the way that the new bench came out. Here are a few pics.
Thanks for looking!
-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks - http://www.snowdogwoodworks.com