This blog entry is further in the past than the previous one, sharp-sighted will notice that leg vise is not ready yet here. I believe it’s not a big deal, so here we go…
At the very beginning of the project I wanted to build some kind of folding workbench, but as project evolved I rejected this folding approach and decided to build solid yet collapsible bench. Thus I started to figure how to mount benchtop on the base when both were ready.
Here’s what I came up with: benchtop (laminated pine 3-1/2” thick) attached to the base using mortise and tenon joint and bolted through these tenons with 3/8” bolts.
6 tenons are glued into the base (three on each side), and 6 mortises are cut on the bottom side of benchtop about half-way through. The tenons are drilled through to receive bolts.
I didn’t want to have large holes for the bolts heads on the benchtop, but small heads won’t allow to tighten strong enough because they’d just crush this soft pine. To address this I glued large metal washers into benchtop.
Large hole for the head:
All the bolts and nuts:
Wooden plug glued in:
...and planed flush:
Little jig I used to bore holes through the plugs:
Some side note. I like simple things, I appreciate simple stuff that works. All my software engineer career I’ve been trying to find and implement some simple solutions that work, and I know how hard it is to do something simple but yet effective. While working the wood I always ask myself if what I do simple enough, and I constantly find myself over-designing and over-building my projects. Just like those washers and plugs glued into benchtop. On one hand I see how much against the KISS rule they are, but on the other I don’t know how to make it more simple and yet provide desirable result. I think simplicity is related to craftsmanship level, and I hope that things WILL get more simple with experience and practice. Will see…
Back to workbench. Base and the top finally got together.
You can see the base is wider than the benchtop, but don’t worry, there will be a tool tray at the back. Not just tool tray, but tool tray with a twist :-)
Thank you for looking!
-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)