April 23, 2013

New Yankee Workshop Workbench - Leveling and tray installation

I made the bench feet with some scrap 2x4 that I had leftover.  This turned out to be a bad idea because it made the bench really wobbly.  I cut some new feet out of some 3/4" stock and then shimmed 2 of them and the bench is solid as a rock now.  I also screwed in the side boards and the tool tray.  My should vise screw also came in the mail so it is time to make the tailstock!


I flipped the bench over so I could work on the feet.

I removed the feet one at a time so I could use the old ones as a template for drilling out the screw holes in the same place.

I used a stop block on my mitre saw to make the 2 1/2" squares.

Old foot and new foot for comparison.

I used a cereal box to make some shims.


One foot took 3 shims and the one diagonally across took 2.

The center of the log board going down the length of the tool tray was slightly bowing so I screwed in a small support.

I screwed the tray down first and then screwed the side into the support.

Here it is ready for the tailstock and bench screw.

Speaking of bench screws!

I picked this one up at leevalley.com for about $38 including shipping.


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