Workbench completed!

First cut on the new bench - Tooltray bottomThe last parts are now made and mounted. Since the last build-up of the bench, now the tool-tray has its tray bottom in place and also the quick release vice has been cleaned, refurbished and mounted.

DSC_7223It took a whole weekend to restore the vice to full functional working condition and unfortunately I forgot to bring the memory card for my camera, so I cannot provide an impression on that part. But not to worry too much, there are some photos available in this post of the mounted vice and I’m quite happy with the result. Meanwhile, a second -similar- vice found it’s way to the workshop: a REAL pile of dust and rust and parts but I’m in good hope it may restore well. Once I give that vice an overhaul, I will make sure to bring the memory card and document the process.

Given that the bench now is ready, I will take a moment to reflect.

DSC_7234I’m really smug about this sturdy heavy sob-of-a-bench! This bench is here to support whatever I throw at it without the proverbial blink of an eye and certainly not moving an inch! Bench height is always something to find out while in use. I feel the bench is fairly high and it seems to hold my work on a comfortable height. Should I find that I have to adjust the height, then I expect I might want it slightly lower which is a good thing. Removing wood is easier than adding wood.

While work in progress, I worked according to dimensions which I loosely based on some examples of other workbenches (highly inspired by the series of workbench-building by Paul Sellers). The detailed dimensions and sizes were based mostly on the rough wood dimensions that I had available. In this process, I miscalculated once which has resulted in a 4 cm (approx. 1.5″) narrower tool-tray. (I forgot to add the dimensions of the wedged tenon joints to the width of the leg-frames) The tray will work well still and the miscalculation will hardly be of an important difference, but the ‘damage’ of the miscalculation is more of a psychological nature. This shows me once again, the importance of careful attention to my focus, concentration and state of mind when preparing my projects and while working the wood.

Now I have a cabinetmaker’s bench waiting for me, ready to hold and support the first next project! And that, dear reader, is still progressing in my sketchbook and will be part of my next post on this blog!

Yours engagingly,

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