Workbench #4: Photo Essay

Wow!  It’s been a year since my last post.  Home remodelling has been keeping me busy.  I have mostly completed my workbench, but never got around to posting about it.  Here is a photo essay showing the remaining construction.  I have yet to drill out the dog holes or put leather on the vise faces, but it’s at least basically functional for now 🙂

Legs

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Chamfer on bottoms of legs

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Short rails marked for wedges

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Drilling relief holes for wedges

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Rounded over edges of rails

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Cutting wedges

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Preparing to glue up end assemblies

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Trimmed flush

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Base assembly fit for knock-down hardware

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Hardware installed

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Adjustable feet

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Top attached

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Gluing up vise jaws

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Ready for vise installation

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I don’t remember if I got any pictures of the vise installation.  I’ll check and include them in the next post if I have any.

Workbench #1 – Intro

I’ve decided that I really need a workbench if I’m going to be doing any amount of ‘real’ woodworking. A board slapped on top of the tablesaw isn’t really cutting it, and I could really use a vise. I’ll be following the ‘Getting Started in Woodworking’ workbench design loosely with many of my own modifications. Much of the design will come out of the components that I have selected for the bench. First, I want a solid wood top rather than MDF, but I don’t want to do the lamination and flattening myself. I found a beech laminated counter-top at Ikea for $39. Sized at 25 5/8” by 49 5/8”, I thought that this would make a good size starter workbench. Other items of interest that will affect design choices: Bench should be usable as an out-feed table for the tablesaw Bench should be heavy, but able to be moved Will use the large vise from Lee Valley Desire to be able to level the legs of the workbench on an uneven floor I don’t have access to any of my photos at this time, but will post some with the next entry.