The Workbench is complete !
I built my first workbench, Workbench ONE, in 2003. I have built many projects using this bench. It served me well.
As I built these projects the “Roubo” workbench revolution in woodworking was underway. Chris Schwarz wrote his first book. Everyone was ( and still are ) building mighty workbenches. Woodworking In America ( WIA ) 2011 was the point where I really started looking at workbenches. At WIA 2011, I found the Horvarter Vises. From the experiences in shop, I really liked the work holding ability of this vise.
From 2011 on, I purchased parts and planned for the eventual building of my new workbench. Projects such as a new work top for my drill press and a new feed system for my planer where designed and completed.
On Janurary 1st, 2014, I retired. It was time to get started. I was definitely changing my approach to woodworking to include many more hand tools. Based on this I set forth on a 5 step process to re-orient my work space to facilitate this change in my direction. This included:
- A new set of shelves. This cleared space so I could move my 8 organizer boxes to the right side of the cutoff saw table.
- Moving 10 organizer boxes from one side of the back wall to the other.
- A new Chisel Chest. A 7 drawer cabinet to contain all of my measuring and marking tools and all of my chisels.
- A new Plane and Saw till. This would be added to the “Tool Wall”
- A complete reorganization of the tool wall, including adding 2 feet of space, new hammer rack, screw driver rack and moving handy-man tools into seperate tool boxes.
- The new workbench, “WorkBench TWO”.
This was the beginning:
This was the end result:
- 7 ft 6 in long
- 26″ wide
- 3 5/8″ thick
- Twin Vise – 35″ long overall, 24″ between shafts
- Tail Vise – Continuous ability from 3″ to 71″
- About 200 board feet of 8/4 maple, 2 pieces of 4/4 stock for shelf and one 12/4 for the bench faces
- Top finish is BLO + Bees Wax + Mineral Spirits.
- All other finish is General Finishes Enduro-Var Satin, 3 coats
- Titebond Extend Wood Glue used throughout.
- Started March 9, 2015
- Completed June 9,2015
- Approximately 40 work sessions in the shop.
- Blog reporting as 32 days.
- Photography with Canon T2i with 24-105 Canon red line lens.
- Photographs 1368 shots, 688 used in blogs and other reporting.
- Photographic process is from RAW digital images, processed with Adobe Light Room 5
- Instagram reporting was 56 posts @mysawbartee #workbenchtwo
- Video with Google Nexus 5 cell phone uploaded to YouTube
- This is the 33rd Blog post.
The final walk around movie