Building My New Work Bench #1: Building the Frame

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Blog entry by Roger Kimmel posted 10-24-2015 01:16 AM 1337 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my old work bench. It came with the house. It has a built-in ashtray and it looks like the stretchers were recycled from an old road barricade. It is wobbly and scarred, and it is time to replace it.

I decided to construct the frame from 6’ 1×4 white pine from Home Depot. I laminated the legs from three pieces. Before gluing, I used my router to mill mortises in the center pieces of the laminations.

Here are the four legs clamped during the gluing of the first two pieces of the lamination.

Here is a completed leg.

Since the stretchers are made from the same stock as the center piece of the lamination, the mortise fits nicely with hand pressure, and made a satisfying pop when I removed it, like taking a cork from a bottle.

Completed leg and stretcher assemblies

Cross pieces are bolted in with 1/4-20 hex head bolts

Assembled frame

The stretchers receive a lamination to act as a kind of mortise to hold the cross pieces.

The vise and top will come next

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