The Twin Twin Bench (2005)
I'm not sure if I should call this the "Quad Screw Bench" or the "Twin Twin Bench".......
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Construction is all 8/4 hard maple with the exception of the cherry wedges for the through mortises and cherry dowels for the draw bored mortises. Finish is Watco Danish Oil.
Top is roughly 28" x 76" x 2-1/4". Apron is 5-7/8". Vise jaws are 3" thick with thumbnail profiles to match the trestle base feet. Front and end vises are Veritas Twin Screws. The corners of the aprons are joined with hand-cut half-blind dovetails. A Delta 18-36 drum sander got the top close to flat, and various hand planes finished the job. All dog holes are round. The top is attached to the trestle base with two lag bolts - one on each side.
This bench is a close reproduction of Lon Schleining's bench from FWW 167, with the major exception being I used a second Twin Screw vise for the front vise. A storage cabinet will be added in the base at some point in the future.
I finally finished the cabinet for inside the trestle base of my bench.
The cabinet carcase is baltic birch ply banded with maple. The drawer boxes are leftover sappy cherry boards dovetailed at all corners with the D4 jig. The drawer fronts are cherry and applied over the boxes to cover the full extension slides. The finish is danish oil, and while the cherry is a bit pale now it will darken in no time for further contrast.
The two top drawers are 2-3/8" tall, the next is 3-1/4", and the bottom drawer is 6-1/2" tall. Each drawer box is about 22" x 18". They hold a great amount of "stuff", and the cabinet provides even more weight to an already massive bench.
I integrated the new pics of the bench with the cabinet into the main section above.
I was recently asked for general advice about bench construction. I managed to ramble off these pointers based solely on my experience with this bench. I thought I'd save them here in case anyone else might find it useful (I know it's a long shot...).
Once in a while I need to show pictures of how I utilize various features of my bench. So I quickly assembled a new page with a few pictures that demonstrate some of the ways I've used the bench. I'll try to add pics as I'm able to show a bit of it's flexibility and power. Click HERE to see the new "Twin Twin Bench Usage" page.
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