Construction for the top on #olisworkbench : You may notice that I’m using Southern Yellow Pine for this project - a couple reasons for this: 1) I wholeheartedly agree with @lostartpress (Christopher Schwarz) in his book “Workbenches” that SYP is a fantastic material for benches; 2) I made my bench from the same material and want this bench to have a slight “mini-me” quality; and 3) I happened to already have quite a few SYP stickers from plywood deliveries, so the price was right. For the top, I glued together about 8-10 of these 2.5” x 3” pieces, but not before prepping for a tool tray, planing stop, and wagon vice. I took a different approach on this wagon vice from benches I’ve built in the past - I don’t necessarily claim this design as my own as I undoubtedly saw it somewhere. But the basic idea is that the track for the “wagon wheels” is integrated into the adjacent sides of the bench top material instead of attached from below. I had to do a bit of design head scratching to make sure this would work but it ended up performing quite well. Once that was installed I surfaced the whole thing on the CNC, and milled in the bench dog holes, as well as a few patches to cover a few knots. •
I had the good fortune to be born into an extended family of classical musicians, where playing a stringed instrument is an activity nearly everyone does. It’s been my lifelong hobby of mine and I’ve enjoyed it greatly as an activity of the body and mind. But what really captured my imagination were the violins that I saw. What perfect work benches, what beautiful places to rest ones head and produce music. At Grainflame we are to offer you a complete selection of instruments from professional Luthiers that are all expertly adjusted and playable. #Practice#Focus#Workbench#Instrument#Grainflame#violins#violas#cellos#bows
I hope I’m making @steveramsey_wwmm proud. You’re looking at my “shop”, a 4x3x8ish shed that I share with gardening tools, and a portable workbench with a piece of butcher block on top. Hey, we all have to start somewhere and if that’s a condo, you take what you can get. Luckily I have a maker space so close to my house where I can mill and dimension my lumber. Where did you start your woodworking?
I liberated my @kregjig mobile workbench from the clutter so it could serve as an outfeed table for some oak I need to run through the table saw. And now I’m thinking I need to build a table saw stand and get it off that too high table it’s been sitting on. In other news, the walls are getting texture today, and I am so freaking pumped to get them painted so we can move on to flooring. 💃
This is one of the most satisfying parts of a project for me(even though it’s out of focus). My #salvagedcreation mark signifies that the wood used to build it was 💯 percent salvaged from some previous situation. In this case old wood house siding heading to the west coast. I am so thankful for the great people I have meet and the amazing people in my life that encourage me. Thank you everyone!!! 🙏🏻
It’s been all about the market and tiles for the last while!! I was at an event recently and was talking to a man well in his 70’s about what I do and about how poignant and interesting I find hands. His grandmother died almost 50 years ago and he could still describe her hands in detail and had some lovely stories about her. Today I’m finishing of these gorgeous hands, a mother and daughter, no doubt there are grandchildren who will find this priceless.
Ladies and gentlemen: my workbench with the upgraded top. The base is based on @kenney.matt "Matt's Monster Workbench" plans from @finewoodworkingmagazine. Me being me, I upsized all the components to increase the weight, both visually and in mass. Now that the top is double the original thickness, it seems better suited to the base. I still have to add a gap filler for the split, and a planing stop, but it has still been a joy to use the last few days.
The interesting thing about going from a wide single surface bench to a split top is that I am much more prone to keeping the surface uncluttered - only the required tools and parts are on the bench. I think this is going to work out very well.
Base: hard maple
Top: soft maple
Vise: Groz 10-1/2"
Width: 32-1/2" (15-3/4" + 3-1/2" gap + 13-1/4")
Finished with Osmo Polyx 3043 satin