I’m retired with 150 sq. ft shop (1/2 of one stall garage), I would love a big, beautiful high dollar bench but Santa is not going to bring it. HF 60” woodworking bench for $112 seemed to be my best starting point, that wouldn’t buy much material at big box store. I’ve got to be happy with what I got! Need advice on anything else I can do to improve this bench or as I call it ” Hotrodding it”?The bench is half way done, any ideas?
I’ve added four 1/2” steel rods front to back and side to side. I’m using Titebond glue on every thing I can. I added 1”x3” oak bracing for the bottom shelf. The stock top is only 3/4” so I added three layers of leftover plywood to add an additional 1-1/2”, leaving room for the vices. I need advice on what I can do to improve the the end vice that came with it, I’m spending some of the saved money to put a good front vice on it, but not sure what to buy? The top had 1/2” dog holes? Using a MDF jig I bored these out to 3/4” with a Foster bit to use my bench dogs and holdfasts. I’ll finish everything with three coats of polyurethane prior to final assembly.
I want to add 3” to the feet to bring the overall height up and also a caster system like the Rockler for mobility. Any ideas of the best way to do this?
I will be using the bench mostly for carving and small box building but still trying to make the most bench I can out of what I have.