Well I’ve read a couple workbench books. I watched Paul Seller’s workbench building youtube video. I decided to take the plunge, mostly because all I have for a workbench currently is a 20″ by 30″ top. The new bench top is 27″ by 60″. I wanted to be longer than that but it is all the space I have in my ‘workroom’. In all honesty I did the minimum space surrounding that the books suggested. The top is 4″ thick, or nearly, made out of 4×4 douglas fir.
So far I’ve got the top glued together and have worked on cleaning up and leveling the top and squaring the edges. I am waiting to finish the coffee table I’m working on before putting on legs. I am currently planning to have the end have straight legs and the head have angled legs.
I am also hoping to be able to save up to use a Lake Erie woodscrew to make a leg vice for the face vice and a Veritas twin-screw vice for he end vice. I also figure to use a chisel to cut square dog holes and make my own dogs. Right now I’d just be happy with legs on the top though and to have my work surface lower than 46″ which has been killing my shoulder planing. I will try to post new pictures as the bench progresses.
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