Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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.