Finishing the top surface

Pun intended…

I did not do any work on the bench during the past week but with the weekend here I am able to spend a bit of time at it. Yesterday I finished to banding around the top by filling the screw holes with plugs. I made the plugs with the laser cutter (these things are handy to have around!). They were pressed in place and sanded smooth.


I added a shelf under one side of the bench as well. This completes all the heavy construction of the bench, its now finally ready for a finish. I decided to simply varnish all the surfaces with a clear water based Varathane.


I applied three coats of Varathane, sanding between each coat. This dried into a nice satin finish. Now I need to add the drawer handles, install the spray booth, air lines, lighting and unpack all my tools.

Well, I guess it isn’t almost complete…


About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 12-02-2007 | 11:12 AM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Work Bench


  1. Tim,

    Your craftsmanship with the trackwork is matched by your skills and craftsmanship in your general construction. The workbench area is an excellent environment for the great modeling to come.

    -ed mccamey-

    Comment by Ed McCamey — December 3, 2007 @ 10:22 am
  2. Ok who are you kidding…………. you or anybody else will never see the top of that work bench again……lol

    Clark Kooning

    Comment by Clark Kooning — December 3, 2007 @ 11:51 am

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