|Forum topic by crank49||posted 07-25-2010 08:45 PM||8529 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
07-25-2010 08:45 PM
I’m building my new workbench. It is a combination of ideas I have seen on at least 3 classic benches and other shop projects.
It started out to be all laminated plywood, legs and all, but I decided to put oak faces on the legs; the sides of the legs will still show the 5 laminations. The stretchers are 3 layers of 3/4” plywood, sandply a-c exterior grade, as are the cross braces. The top is 4 layers of 3/4 sandply with a replaceable 1/4” hardboard work surface and is banded with 1×4 maple. There is a planing shelf on the back side that can be adjusted up and down, and is attached to the legs. Tke planing shelf is yellow poplar and the adjusting brackets will be polished brass. Over all size is 25 1/2” wide X 85 1/2” long. Legs are 3 1/2” x 3 5/8”, top is 3 1/8 thick. Jointery will be mortise and tennons mostly. I plan to work at all sides of the bench so I want it to all look finished. I am using Titebond III for glue.
I want to seal and finish this bench because it will live in a basement workshop. Is shellac a good choice for finishing something like this?
Should I seal the hardboard top; both sides or just the exposed surface?