Adding our July 2011 Workbench of the Month from Nelson H. of Amherst, New Hampshire to our Lake Erie Toolworks Blog for ease of access and historical awareness.
The Bench top is reclaimed high school shop class bench top which was cleaned of screws, nails, and graffiti. The base is made from douglas fir timbers salvaged from the same school when it was torn down. They are beautiful, old growth beams with very tight growth rings. The vise chop is maple and the shelf bottom is left over pre-finished bamboo flooring. The project underway in the photo is a cherry chest of drawers with birds eye maple drawer fronts. This was the project I used to teach myself how to chop dovetails. When I started, I didn’t have the bench and quickly realized I had to make the time to build it, as cutting a lot of dovetails without a good way to hold your work pushes the bounds of frustration into the realm of futility. You can’t see them in the photos, but I buried two inline skate bearings in leg to aid the smooth rolling of the leg vice.
Nelson H. – Amherst, New Hampshire