I have a giant workshop, but barely anything in it that can help with projects. There are so many projects that we have talked about getting into, to include starting woodworking. The biggest thing I have been missing is a work bench, to include a vise, for just about anything. As part of the larger event going on here at the homestead, we need a bench, to hold a vise, to use to maintain a logging saw, that will be used to clear over-story trees this month. So now that I’m wrapping up clearing the understory brush all the other pieces need to be in place in order to finish clearing some of our trees. First step, building a bench.
– Durable heavy bench for miscellaneous works
– Quick, Easy and Stable
– A large vise I can use for filing saw blades
I basically decided to use 4×4 for legs and 2x4s for beams with a plywood top. I wanted to make this bench as fast as possible but still something usable so I didn’t want to get too into joinery. I decided to go with attaching the beams to the posts with mending plates. I attached the plywood just by screwing it on top.
Well that’s it. I’m glad that everything turned out well. It has worked out great thus far and is extremely sturdy. I’m also glad everything worked out well considering it was something I just kinda came up with adhoc. I am looking at possibly adding a bottom shelf to the bench as well. Eventually I will be looking to build another real woodworking bench, so this is the first step in that. Here is the one that I am looking at making, possibly in the spring. http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-real-woodworkers-workbench/. Edit: I realize that I didn’t even mention that I cut everything with hand tools except the plywood. I would have done that but I didn’t have my Disston Ripsaw in yet, the next time I need to rip plywood, I’ll be doing that by hand as well.