Woodworking Bench, Part 1

Its been a ambition of mine to build a proper woodworking bench for many years now, a friend of mine in college works at a local timber merchants and this was a perfect opportunity to order some timber and get started on it. I decided just to order the timber for the top to begin with as i have not finalised exactly what i plan to do for the vices nor the base. I ordered 12 lengths of 1.4m x 50mm x 120mm steamed beech. I asked for it to be "dressed all round' to reduced the amount of thick-nessing as i only have hand tools to do this, still a significant amount of work to get these flat and smooth enough to glue together.

Partial glue up.

Partial glue up.

I decided to do a "split top" bench as when i need to remove it from my loft i will actually be able to get it back down the hatch. This design consists of 2 slab consisting of 6 boards each and about 1" between them for a total width of about 56cm/22".

1st finished slab.

1st finished slab.

The joinery throughout it mortice and tenon, the long stretchers are going to be bolted into the legs so i can be taken apart when needed.

Half completed trestle.

Half completed trestle.

Dry fit.

Dry fit.

Mock up

Mock up

Mortices cut.

Mortices cut.

front slab in place.

front slab in place.