Bench   5 comments

I need to think of new projects to do like the Sahara needs another bucketful of sand. Doesn’t stop me thinking them up though and browsing pages on the wwweb all about construction, woodwork and doing things isn’t going to reduce the number is it? So I was looking critically at the old bench that the boss of the company that built my house made while his carpenters were busy.

Doesn’t look like much does it and frankly I was a bit disappointed with him, after all he was the boss of a company that built wooden houses, not much of an advert was it. I have to say that I have added bits of reinforcement to it over the years, it regularly threatened to dump me on my backside when I was standing on it to reach the grape vines and it has been dragged unceremoniously around from place to place as needed. However the main reason I’ve been wanting to make a new one is that too many people assume that I’ve made this one. Now my woodworking skills are not honed to a fine edge, God knows it’s only since I had my eyes done that I can make a straight cut with a hand saw, but I was damned sure I could make a better effort that his. I found a website with a page about building a basic bench and seeing as I had been tidying up and now had a nice pile of wood crying out to be used I thought I would do it. Don’t ask why I’m tidying up after all this time, I just am, ok?

This is the website that I found and I’m very grateful to Bruce Maki for creating it.

http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/workshop/bench/below20xl.html

His looks a lot better than mine, he’s got all nice new wood but the legs on mine are stronger. Anyway I got up yesterday morning and decided that it was a good day for bench building and this is the result.

Well that’s all for this time, I might make a settee with the rest of the offcuts, if I do and it looks ok I’ll let you know, if it looks rubbish you’ll never know I did it, bye for now.

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Posted November 6, 2010 by cukurbagli in Building

5 responses to “Bench

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  1. Chris, now I am not a carpenter but even I can see that the workbench you designed is stable and strong. I can’t see very clearly, but it looks as though you used wood screws to hold the pieces together (an excelent idea) and the way you’ve notched the thick plywood base will add to lateral stability, making for less flexing on the horizontal axis when under stress. Good job. The other one that the contractor’s workmen made was a quick job, done by people who are obviously more accustomed to milking cows than carpentry. You should have seen the odd things I saw in the Greek village in Cyprus. I’ll explain later. Javaid.

  2. On the couch that I built with timber, the one I gave to Campbell Black, I used lag bolts with spring washers. The bolts pulled everything up snug and tight.

  3. Chris, please don’t throw the old one away. It is a masterpiece of zany logic and serendipitous design. It should be in a museum of “Marvels of Carpentry” among the inheritors of three civilizations: Greek, Roman and Byzantine.”

  4. So your tidying up are you. I think you must be expecting a visitor.
    I continue to be impressed by your DIY skills, keep up the good work.

  5. Thank you for your nice words about my DIY Fleur, I could well be expecting a visitor, but I can’t have her thinking I live in a tip when her place looks so immaculate.

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