This project has taken way too long to finish (my first post was on Sep. 15, 2015). This bench deserved better from me. I am on the home stretch now and only have a few tasks left. I have made a commitment to myself to finish this project before the New Year (to be exact, New Year’s Day 2021, there are some members on my family that need that specific of a date declaration.) Here is a casual non-exhaustive, non-binding list of things to finish:
o Make and install deadman
o Level the tops, make sure they are shimmed and ready for mounting to base
o Install barrel nuts on the top slabs
o This is embarrassing, but put front dovetailed veneer piece to cover trim sawing disaster (more on this later)
o Install a Roubo-style bench stop made by Peter Ross. This was a late addition after careful consideration and desire to have more work holding options
o Pre-finish cleanup of all surfaces
o Make a new center board as the old one was just temporary
o Finish the bench
All in all, not that much work remaining considering all I have put into this project. I have used and continue to use this bench. I LOVE IT! Best thing I have ever built by a long shot. My second workbench (if I build another) will not take nearly as long.
This is one of the truly good things to come out of the Covid-19 lockdown.
I will write a lessons learned post after I have finished the workbench. I wish I had gotten a copy of the “Anarchists Workbench” (The PDF is free to download “And it’s covered by a creative commons license that allows you to use the material however you like for non-commercial purposes.”) before building this bench, but I am very happy with the workbench I have built and it will serve me well for the rest of my life. One thing I do regret is buying a commercial workbench for $500. I bought that bench before I “knew better” but that is a cop out. I should have done more research, even back then before laying out that much money. Also, I had seen Roy Underhill build his workbench on the “Woodwright’s Shop” years before, but did not think I had the skills to build one myself.
Never underestimate your abilities! You can do it. Yes, you will make mistakes, I made LOTS of them.
Build Some More
This the way.
You will figure out how to fix mistakes and you can complete the project if you stick to it. I love to work on problems, and this build gave me no shortage of them. I love to innovate and my solution for the right front bench dog ejector “Teaching a New Dog Old Tricks” was particularly satisfying.
Here are some adjectives to describe this project in no particular order – Fun, Strenuous, Challenging, Frustrating, Satisfying, Educational, Joy, Sorrow, Ingenious.