Some people will tell you that they hate tool trays. They call them mean things like Hamster traps and blame them for hiding tools from them and causing them to throw out tools along with wood shavings that accumulate in the tray. Pshaw! They’re also the same kind of people who will claim that a shelf under the workbench will just accumulate junk and become a dumping ground for lazy woodworkers. In my mind they have just admitted that they are lazy and have no self control. Just sayin’. Read the rest of this page »
I took some pictures of this step, but they mysteriously got removed from the computer. Sad day since I wanted to share the masses of sawdust that were created during this process, but alas it was not to be.
I was extremely careful to keep all of the lumber stickered and weighted down, even the slabs after I had milled them to final size. So, it was rather annoying to say the least when I found out that my front slab had a little bit of a twist in it after being assembled onto the base. I thought my ‘flattening’ step was going to be a non-issue. Not so! Read the rest of this page »
The joinery here is pretty simple, a couple of tenons and some big lag screws. Because the top is split into two slabs and has a gap between them to hold the tool trays there is a need to really make sure that the slabs won’t move once they are attached to the base. If the slabs move at all it will throw off the vises and make the gap inconsistent, which will either cause the tool trays to get pinched and stuck, or fall through the gap.
Because I sometimes have a friend, or my daughter, in the workshop working on something or helping me with something, I have installed a vise on the back slab of the workbench as well. Both sides of the bench will be accessible to work from and for some of those larger projects I may end up going from one side to the next while working on different steps of a project. I decided to install a large face vise for this purpose as I’ve already got a leg vise and a tail vise. Time will tell if this is the right decision.
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