Workbench
Oct 22, 2009Public
Photo: Time to start the workbench...
Photo: Building a workbench is just like building a puzzle and hoping all the pieces fit...
Photo: All sanded & ready for assembly...
Photo: I started with the middle legs and worked my way out....
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Photo: The top stretchers are set back from the edge of the bench to allow for the quick-acting bench vises that will be installed on opposite sides.
Photo: I had pre-drilled all of the holes for the lag bolts. What I didn't count on was the bolts causing the 2x's to split near the ends... I glued the one that I split out and then pre-drilled the holes near the ends of the rest of the 2x's to a full 3/8"...
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Photo: One side will have a shelf and back. I haven't decided yet if I want to install sides to further enclose the area under the bench.
Photo: The shelf is rabbeted into the edge of the lower stretchers to prevent wear on the edges of the plywood shelf.
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Photo: Ready for fitting of the vises and finishing the tops...
Photo: I still need to install the bench vises and figure out exactly where it will sit, but here it is essentially complete. The top is made up of two 2 5/8" x 30" x 60" solid maple (actually finger-jointed & laminated maple...) tops that give me a full 5'x 5' square work surface...
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Photo: My workbench tops are 2 5/8" thick. The Jorgensen bench vises are made for 2 1/4" tops. So, I needed to remove a little from the bottom...
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Photo: Locating the holes for the screws attaching the face.
Photo: Installing the vises.
Photo: With the the routing done, I could finally put a couple coats of "Good Stuff" on the tops for a little protection.
Photo: My first "real" workbench! This thing is a beast, and worth every penny!
Photo: Maple faces installed.
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