A MULTIFACETED WORKHORSE
Straightforward construction combined with storage, outfeed use, and a strong flat work surface makes this bench a winner.
SHOP OWNER: Fred Davis
LOCATION: Abilene, KS
Building this new workbench incorporated simple straightforward construction. I position it to also act as an outfeed table for my saw.
This front view features the bank of drawers and two bench vises. The drawer fronts are coved and I accomplished this on my tablesaw by running the stock against a right angle fence and across the blade. The drawers are dovetailed maple mounted using fully extendable side-mount slides.
Here is an end view of the pedestalís tusked tenon construction. The tenon is formed on the connecting rail by leaving the center part of a three-piece lamination long enough to extend between the poplar stanchion pieces. Itís drawn tight against the shoulders of the outside rail with a 3/4" dowel, making a very tight and strong connection.
The backside of the drawer box features shelf storage for routers, etc. The top of the bench measures 36" wide by 96" long by 2 ľ" thick. It is from resawn oak I had left over from construction of some horse stalls and picked for clear pieces. The pieces for the top were ripped 2" wide and laid up in a Plano Glue Press. The top is finished with Watco Danish oil only. The rest of the bench is clear CAB lacquer.
. . . Fred Davis