Woodworking benches have their origin somewhere in between the early centuries and the mid twentieth century. During the late Medieval Ages, the demand for open spaces increased. This was especially so during times of war, when soldiers needed places where they could rest from their rigorous activity. In order to provide such a space, they created what we know today as the first work bench, a type of multi-purpose metal and woodworking table.
The vise or the extension has been around for many centuries. This simple device has evolved over the centuries to become what we know it to be today, a multi-purpose tool used in woodworking and other craft projects. A vise can be made of simple materials like iron or metal and can be added to a standard woodworking bench top. To add extra plywood and secure it to the base of the bench top, these vise extensions are clamped to the underside of the bench.
Veneers are plucked from thin pieces of wood and glued to a standard woodworking bench top or vise. If the veneer is glued on crookedly, the wood veneer may not hold and the project may fail. The bench top veneers should be flush with the face of the vise and should be on a level surface. In order to do the clamps, a drill is first used to remove the dovetail nuts. Then, the nuts are turned, removed and set aside.
Next, the woodworker sets the wood in a cutting position and removes the face of the plywood from the end of the bench top. The woodworker then clamps the plywood to the bench top using the clamps. Clamp the wood securely and level it before smoothing. To finish, the woodworker drills a pilot hole into the wood and inserts a wing nut and lock nut in the drilled hole to close the woodwork.
Many woodworkers are concerned about using woodworking bench top vise screws for the first time. Although many woodworkers have experienced excellent results by using the vise screws, the woodworkers may not be aware of potential problems such as improper joint position, cracked edges and poor workmanship due to glue clamps and vise bites. A potential problem is a joint that begins to separate from the end of the bench top because of excess glue. To avoid this situation, the worker should begin by making sure the vise screws are tightened enough to hold the two pieces of wood together and to make sure the joints are even.
To ensure that all the joints are even, drill the pilot holes with a drill bit larger than the diameter of the screws. After ensuring the pilot holes are drilled firmly, use woodscrews to screw the screws through the holes. Gently tighten the screw securing it in place with woodscrews. Use enough woodscrews to ensure that all screws are seated in their holes. With a piece of pliers, grasp the workbench top with both hands and remove any excess glue from the ends of the bench frame where the screws will be seated.
Once the screws have been seated, clean the worktop using a mild detergent and an old rag. Rinse the rag before wiping it down with another soft cloth to remove any soap residue that might cause streaks of paint to form on the top surface of the bench. For the best results, use only woodscrews that are recommended for the size of the holes you will be drilling. For example, if you are planning to make a five-inch hole, use a three-inch wood screw. This will save you time by reducing the chances of stripping or cracking the wood of the project you are working on.
To protect your newly installed woodworking bench, there are several simple steps that you can follow to maintain the integrity and durability of your new workpiece. First, be sure to cover any nails or screws that may penetrate the surface of your bench with a wood protection shield or piece of plastic tape. Also be sure to wipe down the worktop with a soft towel every time you use it so that any oil, food or grease from hand tools does not leave stains on the bench’s finish. Finally, if you wish to paint your work bench, be sure to use the paint specifically designed for wood surfaces as they are designed to adhere to and seal the wood safely. Although these precautions are basic and should certainly be followed, a quality worktop can be invaluable in creating a new space for entertaining friends and family, as well as keeping your home more organized and beautiful.