Ok, another Bruce Johnson creation hits the airwaves. Bruce builds
a new workbench!
Anyone watch this episode? He starts by explaining how bad and wobbly
his old workbench is, then decides on building a new one! I had high
when he specified hard maple for the frame. He made M&T joints and
did the large mortises in the legs by dadoing two 2x4s and gluing them
together. He even used the clipped head brad trick (also shown by Mr.
on his show today) to keep the large glued surfaces from sliding around.
So far, no major screwups, just some poor fitting tenons that "will get
cleaned up with some sanding", and some cheap hardware to hold it all
together. I knew things were going downhill when he used basically a
bolt arrangement to hold the legs together and had a flat washer and nut
inside a 1" hole gripping against the curved side.
I still was maintaining my composure until he decides to top off this
workbench base. Did he use more hard maple? Noooooo! He decides on three
of 3/4" MDF. Awesome dude! He spritzes on some yellow glue around the
of one sheet and without even stopping to spread it out any slaps on the
sheet and installs about 100 screws "to give it incredible strength".
and a few hundred more screws and he has a nice particle board
He did decide to protect the MDF from dents by banding the top with some
(attached to the MDF with brads, no glue)
He went on to say that since he is always spilling cans of varnish and
he'll give the top a nice durable coat (2) of poly to protect this fine
He claimed a total cost of $4-500 (including a small Record vise
attached with lag bolts into the MDF).
I admit I've built benches this way, but I down graded his hard maple
section to pine 2x4's and upgraded the top to some nicer plywood. Total
about $20-30 (vise not included)