24 December 2015 at 12:03 am #133391chemical_cakeParticipant
I’d be proud to have made that bench, looks really well considered.
I have wanted a full-length centre stop ever since seeing it in a video, “the viseless bench” or something like that (might even have been a recommendation on this very forum). Very handy for transverse planing of panels and wide boards, I reckon you’ll use it loads.
Southampton, UK24 December 2015 at 4:01 am #133395Salko SaficParticipant
Now that is one beast of a bench well done Matt.
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(Hand tool only woodworking magazine)24 December 2015 at 6:40 pm #133404Igor KerstgesParticipant
THÁT is an inspiring bench Matt! nJoy your next benchworking! Thanks!21 January 2016 at 8:39 pm #134057DarrylParticipant
Very good job with that bench. Enjoy using it.24 January 2016 at 2:03 pm #134136lowpolyjoeParticipant
Great looking bench Matt!
Do you have any comment on what made you decide to go without a well? I built a bench recently (i will post pics eventually) and didn’t put in a well. However, i left a slot in the top that is supposed to hold a board that can be raised to act as a planing stop – i thought the idea was brilliant but it turned into a disaster. Anyway, i find myself wishing the slot was a little wider so i could use it as a well. The downside is, of course, TONS of shavings and dust accumulate 🙂
I had a similar experience with the 2x stock… i looked through an entire palette at HD and it was almost all garbage with twist, bow, knots, etc..24 January 2016 at 10:37 pm #134159Matt McGraneParticipant
@lowpolyjoe – My old bench had an old solid core door as the top, so I was used to a bench with no well. I like to have a clear surface for my benchtop. I think a well would just accumulate “stuff” that would get in the way. I have my chisels, saws and planes very close by and try to keep them off the bench when no in use.
I have that center moveable board in a slot in my new bench, though I have yet to use it as a stop or a saw holder or anything else. The jury is out on its utility. But it solved a building issue for me, so there it is.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/29 January 2016 at 11:50 am #134298LespaulParticipant
Really great work.31 January 2016 at 7:34 pm #134373kjellharParticipant
your work bench looks very nice.
I have a question for you. How did you attach the table top to the legs. I’m guessing you’re using some substantial screws from the underside of the two short stretchers, but I’m not sure. Do you have oversized holes to allow for expansion in the top?
I’m asking because I made a bench like the one Paul made in the video series, but I’m not at all happy with it. I really don’t like the skirts in the front. I don’t like how the legs are attached to the top either. The best for me would be to avoid anything just underneath the top on the front, just like yours.
Kjell5 February 2016 at 12:02 am #134541Matt McGraneParticipant
@kjellhar – Sorry, I didn’t see your question until today. I used 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ lag screws to attach the top to the base. The screw heads and washers were countersunk into the bearer, as I hope you can see in the pictures that I took from the floor looking up at the bottom of the bench (taken from the right end). And yes, I did drill holes through the bearers that were oversized to allow for some movement. Each bearer has 8 lag screws into the top. Also, the bearers are glued and screwed to the leg assemblies.
I made the top even with the front of the legs. I’m still not sure if I like it this way or if I might like it better if the top overhung the legs by a few inches. Currently it makes it tougher to pull up a stool for close chopping work – no room for my legs.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/5 February 2016 at 8:16 am #134559kjellharParticipant
Thanks Matt, that answered my question.
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