I went a little overboard with my vise face. The timber is Australian
Redgum, this particular piece was a retaining wall slab. I rescued it from
SWMBO a year ago when she was about to attack it with a chainsaw so she
could fit it into the fire.
I got quite a surprise when I cleaned it up today. Pics on abpf and abpw.
That's a NICE looking piece of wood. Where did it come from? SWMO was
going to BURN it??? Nice save!!
I could only see a little of the rest of the bench in the photos, but it
looked really nice. I have a couple of questions about your bench
construction - I'm in the process of planning mine, finding wood, etc.
1.) I notice you have round bench dogs - any problem with them turning
rotating when under load? I read a recommendation for "square"
dogs to prevent that.
2.) What type of wood did you use for the top? What type for the legs?
Nice job with the bench -
http://woodworking.homeip.net/wood/ has some more pictures but you may need
to wait for a week or so. Unfortunately my router (computer router Dave) is
playing up and I have to send it away to get fixed. During that time the
server will be offline.
No problems so far, the round dogs are fine. Mind you, I have not been
trying to hog off large amounts of timber. I have used a number 4 a fair
bit, the ROS and that's about it. I am confident they will take a fair
amount of abuse though.
Bench top is just pine (jummywood to some), the legs are the same. The apron
is made from Tasmanian Oak. I wanted the top and bench parts to have
representative Australian timbers where I could.
Sorry to be a PITA, but what did you finish your bench top with? Like you,
I'm making mine out of a relatively soft wood (I have some 1x1x3 edge joined
poplar panels), and I want to get a good finish on it that will hopefully
counter the softness of the wood, and not get too marked up as I use it.
You have a problem. The amount of improvement you can make
with a finish is limited. Even if you use the hardest
toughest finish in the world, you will have an ultra thin
hard layer over your relatively soft wood. The wood beneath
the finish will still dent almost as easily as if the were
nothing on it.
How about an easily replaceable top over your bench. Like
1/4 inch hardboard held in place with double sided tape?
BTW, unlike natural wood, the hardboard I've bought lately
seems to soak up thin polyurethane like a sponge and does
feel tougher after I coat it until it doesn't absorb
I have only applied boiled linseed oil at this stage, I'm still thinking
about what to apply as the true finish coat. It may take me ten years to
decide, I don't really care as it's only a working bench. The important
aspects of this bench are the building (for practice, learning and
planning) and the using.
Pine is very soft and there is not much I can do to protect it though I
don't think I particularly want to. The softer the bench top the less likely
it will damage any project I have on it. I suggest you put a finish on that
will repel glue, perhaps a BLO, beeswax and mineral turps combination. Note
that the combination will do next to nothing to 'harden' the top. You can
also keep a false hardboard top at the back of the bench for the times you
want to protect it.
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