This bench is built around Rockler's 24 X 72 beech benchtop. I wanted a solid work surface that I could move around the shop (single garage stall), and effectively store against the wall when not in use. It was a little tricky to get the top's hinges at the correct height to allow the gas struts (120 lb capacity each) to have the proper range of motion.
The top is surrounded by hard maple, and that wood is also used for the vice jaw faces and short stretchers. The legs are red oak and the long stretchers are alder. I have since added a long stretcher between the front legs for extra stability.
Jay, the Arlington store manager did a great job with his vise recommendations.
"Every time I have been in a Rockler store around the country I have left feeling that I received wonderful service and most always had exactly what I needed in stock at a fair to great price. the only complaint, if it can be called that, is that I have to drive over 45 minutes to reach the nearest Rockler store. My wife probably appreciates that distance, as I am certain that if one was as close as I wished it to be, we would have very little left in our checkbook!" -
- 02/17/2012 See more...