My Version of the $175 Workbench #5: Done, but not Finished

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Blog entry by jonah posted 06-18-2014 11:02 PM 2753 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Top and Vises Part 5 of My Version of the $175 Workbench series Part 6: Base Cabinet »

The bench is done, the holes are drilled. The top is mostly flat (note all the shavings covering the floor).

I put the first coat of finish on today. These pictures are all pre-finish but post-sanding.

Here’s the top with my rehabbed #7 posing.

It probably took an hour or two, all told, to flatten the thing. It’s not perfect, but it’ll do. It’s mostly flat edge to edge, but I think there’s some waviness end to end that I couldn’t diagnose properly with some plywood winding sticks I made. I was pretty pleased with the amount I actually had to take off, which was relatively minimal. The worst high spots needed only a few diagonal and a few straight strokes to level out. I had just sharpened the #7 so it cut through the spruce like a hot knife through butter.

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#1 posted 06-19-2014 01:10 AM

Jonah great looking bench

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#2 posted 06-19-2014 08:19 PM

Very nice bench Jonah. I see that you left your face and tail vises protruding from your bench edges. I did the same and I think it is a good idea.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 03:05 AM

As I mentioned in one of the earlier posts in this series, I thought seriously about making the inside vise chop flush with the edge/end of the bench, but I decided it was just too much work for too little payoff.

Trying to get things flush would involve basically mortising in the whole inside of the vise, which is irregularly shaped. It would have meant a ton of chisel work and probably would have doubled the time to complete the bench. I’m happy with my decision, though it would be nice for the vises to take up a bit less space.

I finished the top today and decided to start work right away on a cabinet for the base of the bench. I’ll get some pictures up tomorrow I think.

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