Antique Workbench Completion
I’ve always admired antique workbenches showing all those years of use. This “reclaimed” bench of sorts doesn’t show all the dings, dents and saw kerfs of the original top, but the vises still do. I have to say these wood screw vises are a joy to use. They look a little rough, but with a thin coat of wax on the threads, these guys operate as smooth as can be. I’ll just have to get to work using the bench to age the new top!
I should have tackled the glue up in stages. First glueing the leg assemblies separately, then glueing the stretchers in place before tapping the top down on the leg tenons. It was actually more like beating the top down onto the leg tenons, but they eventually were all seated down nice and tight using a scrap block of wood and a small mallet.
Since the top is yellow pine and cyprus, flattening was pure fun. After attaching the vises, all I had to do was fit a few bench dogs to the top and the tail vise. The tail vise still had the original forged dog with it, but I like wood dogs better. Actually, if the end blocks weren’t bolted in place, the only metal in the entire bench would be the six brass screws that lock the flange to the leg vise chop!
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