Work Bench Build

Part 1: Decisions and Preparations

For over 15 years now I have been working out of my garage as a workshop without a carpenters vise or a dedicated carpentry space. The shop has produced some amazing projects, including almost every piece of furniture in my house....

Part 2: Workshop and Tools

My workshop has served my family well. Now it is time to dedicate some space to woodworking. It can accomidate about 10 people in comfort watching a big screen with full 12 speaker surround sound and cable. Complete with...

Part 3: Wood Selection And Layout

Work Bench Build #3 Wood Selection And Layout I got to use the bench to build a bench right away to lay out the boards for the top. But I removed the small face vise to put the benches together for space. So the leg vise will have...

Part 4: She's Got Legs

With the legs already cut to length its time to glue them up. I have the joinery drawn out on the top roughly so that after cutting the boards the top will be able to receive the legs hopefully with out any major amount to chisel out. As...

Part 5: Tail Vise Fab and Mock up

The building of the tail vise is not an easy accomplishment. I started to build the vise when I was invaded by the daughter and grand kids carving pumpkins, what a fantastic distraction , I was needing some time off to think about how I was...

Part 6: Taking Stock and planning

I have just finished drilling the pilot dog holes into the top boards that I have vises for. This will allow me to have a nice straight batch of dog holes started once the top is glued up by using the drill press when the top is still just a...

Part 7: Onward and Forward

I found some hardwood at a local lumber middleman, none of our mills have any type right now and might not until spring. I even had to order this birch from off island at an outlandish price. Four boards for over $200 and the condition is...

Part 8: Bench Top Glue Up

Well I’m at it, the one part of this build that I wasn’t 100% confident in. I started the glue up with two sides and the 8 straightest boards to give me a couple of straight bases, or at least close. Then I joined the two halves with pieces thus...

Part 9: Stretcher mock up

Just a quick post of the stretchers dry fit. I still have to add the 2×4 and tension mortise it all in. , As always questions and tips welcome. Thanks for following.

Part 10: Leg stretcher Mortising and Leg Vise Prep

I received the crisscross from Lee Valley late yesterday, and started mocking it up to see what needs to be done. I glued up the last piece of the leg Vise chop, and man is it massive. I also have started Mortising the legs for the stretchers. ,...