LIKE A ROCK
This 30-year woodworker finally has a rock solid bench.
SHOP OWNER: Ed Runci
LOCATION: Lake Jackson, TX
In the time I've been a woodworker I have never had a good workbench designed just for my work. The outfeed table of my tablesaw or a piece of plywood across a couple of sawhorses has always had to do. Recently I decided the more than thirty years I’d spent working wood most likely wasn't a passing fad and I should build something more suited to my needs. I based my workbench design on one by Frank Klausz and built it with the aid of an excellent article written by Keith S. Rucker, which is available on the Internet.
I drew up plans to meet my particular preferences for scale and construction. Alternating between the workbench and several other large and small projects I had in my shop at the time, it took me about eight months from start to finish. I couldn't be happier with the results. The bench has all the versatility I need for the small furniture pieces I build and it is rock solid.
The top is hard maple except for the tool tray bottom, which is ½-inch birch plywood. The base is red oak and the contrasting woods for the vises are walnut and bubinga. I applied two "very wet" coats of raw tung oil, cut with turpentine, and allowed them to dry for two weeks. After that, I wiped on five coats of Waterlox, rubbing between coats.
I took a ton of pictures as I worked to detail the construction and the methods I used and I would be happy to share them with anyone considering building one of their own.. . . Ed Runci
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