The base of this workbench does more than support the top The trays and drawer store a shops worth of tools within easy reach

Most shops can always use more storage space. So why not build a workbench where the base not only supports the top but also provides space inside for your hand and power tools? That's the idea behind this workbench.

And to make it easy to use this storage space, a drawer and two trays ride on full-extension slides to keep your tools accessible.

Then there's the top. This laminated, hard maple top adds considerable weight to a storage cabinet already filled with tools. When you combine the two, you end up with a "rock-solid" workbench capable of handling most any project.

To hold these projects on the bench, there's a metal woodworking vise attached to one corner with a thick, maple block covering the front jaw. A pair of dog holes in the block line up with the ho] les in the bench top so bench dogs can be used to hold big projects. And the vise is easy to install. Just four lag screws hold it in place.

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Construction Details

Record ED vise with quick-release mechanism

TOP:

Made from strips of 8/4 hard maple glued face-to- face

BASE:

Outside case is made from cherry hardwood and plywood

Interior framing and drawers made from maple hardwood and plywood

NOTE:

Complete cutting diagram and materials list on page 13

Record ED vise with quick-release mechanism

TOP:

Made from strips of 8/4 hard maple glued face-to- face

BASE:

Outside case is made from cherry hardwood and plywood

Interior framing and drawers made from maple hardwood and plywood

NOTE:

Complete cutting diagram and materials list on page 13

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VA'-dia. wood knobs

Frame and panel doors

VISE DETAIL

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VISE DETAIL

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VA'-dia. wood knobs

Frame and panel doors

Hardwood kickboard

The Record #52V2ED vise with woodjaws has an open capacity of

The Record #52V2ED vise with woodjaws has an open capacity of

Wood spacer

_ Quick-release lever allows vise to open and close freely

Vise mounted with (4) !6"x3" lag screws

Wood spacer

_ Quick-release lever allows vise to open and close freely

Vise mounted with (4) !6"x3" lag screws

Hardwood kickboard

HARDWARE LIST

(2)#14x2" RhWoodscrews (4) x Lag Screws

Hinges

(2) Ball Catches

(8) #4 x Fh Woodscrews (4) Va " x 3" Lag Screws (4) i . Washers (20) #8 x 1 : Fh Woodscrews (36) #8x1: Fh Woodscrews (161 #8 x 1" Fh Woodscrews (3 pr.) 16" Full-Extension Drawer Slides apairofcase sides (J) are cutnext, see Fig. 2. These arejust %"-thick pieces of plywood with rabbets cut on both edges. Each rabbet forms a tongue that fits into the grooves already cut in the stiles, see Fig. 2a.

Then assemble the sides and frames and glue and clamp the case together. After tightening your clamps, check that the case remains square.

CHAMFER STILES. With the case assembled, I routed a decorative stopped chamfer on all four corners, see Fig. 3. (It works best to rout this chamfer in several passes.)

CLEATS. Next, I turned my attention to the inside of the case, starting at the bottom and working my way up.

First, I cut a pair of front/back cleats (K) and a pair of side cleats (L) to fit inside the case, see Fig. 4. These cleats are positioned so the case bottom (added next) will fit flush with the top edge of the bottom rail on the front frame, see Fig. 4a.

BOTTOM. After the cleats are installed, the case bottom (M) can be cutto size, see Fig. 4. This piece of V£"-thick plywood rests on the cleats and helps strengthen the cabinet when it's glued and screwed in place.

STIFFENERS, On most projects, I'd be finished with the cabinet once the bottom was installed. But not here. Instead, to make the case stronger, I added frame stiffeners. These 3/4"-thick pieces of maple cover the joint lines on the frames. It's an easy way to strengthen the stub tenon joints.

I started by cutting three horizontal stiffeners (N)to fit inside the case, see Fig. 5. Two fit behind the top rails on the front frame, while the third is glued to the top rail of the back frame, see Fig. 5a.

Next, I added vertical stiffeners. First, the vertical stiffeners (O) are glued and screwed to the back two corners of the case

between the horizontal stiffened and case bottom, see Figs. 6 and 6a. The other vertical stiffeners (P) and (Q) fit along the sides of the drawer and door openings and are glued and clamped to the front frame.

MOUNTING CLEATS. Now to hold the top in place later, I added a pair of mounting cleats (R). These arejust 3/4"-thickpieces of stock glued and screwed flush with the top of the case sides, see Figs. 6 and 6b.

MCKBOARD. To complete the case, all that's left is to install a kickboard.

First, I cut the stock to finished width (4") with a Vi>" chamfer routed along the top edge. Then the front/back kickboards (S) and side kickboards (T) are mitered to fit around the base and are glued and screwed in place, see Figs. 7 and 7a.

MOUNTING ©CLEAT

VERTICAL STIFFENER

MOUNTING ©CLEAT

stiffeners to backs of stiles
KICKBOARD

KICKBOARD

Miter kickboards to fit around case

KICKBOARD

Miter kickboards to fit around case

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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