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Blog series by EdsCustomWoodCrafts updated 01-13-2018 12:37 AM 9 parts 3191 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: Inspiration

01-12-2018 05:53 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

I very much need to upgrade my current clamping solutions in the shop as my Jay Bates inspired Moxon Vise just isn’t cutting it, I cant work on all face of the workpiece like you can on a traditional Woodworking Woodbench which currently isn’t in the budget. I just wanted to say before anyone comments about it, I couldnt afford to do the entire project in Maple or solid oak so I used construction grade lumber Kiln dried 2×4’s for part of the worksurface and bottom fr...

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Part 2: Budget & Materials for Project

01-12-2018 06:04 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

I gave myself a budget of about $80.00 for what materials I needed which are detailed below and since I already had alot of material on hand already like the pipe clamps and 2×4’s all I needed to get was the solid oak and benchdogs. Materials Used: (4) 2×4x 8’(16’) of 1×2 Oak(8’) of 1×4 OakGlue1/4” x 4” Hex Head bolts , washers and nutsBench Dogs ( I used these from WoodCraft)“1/2 Pipe Clamps ( I had these on hand so I didnt...

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Part 3: Sketchup Design

01-12-2018 06:55 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

Usually with any complicated or big project I do I usually go to Sketchup and create a set of plans that I can use through the various stages of the build, that way I can do the build in a methodical fashion and ultimately not screw up anywhere. Like I said earlier I will inclose a set of plans that I made later on in the blog or with the final project posting.

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Part 4: Trestle Base - Upper & Lower Stretchers

01-12-2018 10:24 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

This is where I started the project with building the platform base. Its made with Kiln dried 2×4’s and this section is a piece of 2×4 cut down the center that way both sides on the base only needed 18” of 2×4. As you can see in the diagram below this piece is mortised out to receive the platform risers or legs. I centered the mortises which I drilled out on the drill press, hey are not through mortises the mortise is about 1” deep. This piece...

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Part 5: The Risers

01-12-2018 10:41 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

Again I only used 2×4’s for this.. but this part has a lot to it, as it ties the top and bottom pieces discussed in the previous entry and it also has a mortise on the inside face with a 1/4” hole drilled through to receive a 1/4×20 hex head bolt that attaches the wide stretchers… Take a look Again I used my drill press for most of the mortises and a chisel to square of the corners left by the dill bit. I used my dado stack to do the tennons.

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Part 6: Wide Stretchers & Completed Base

01-12-2018 10:46 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

These 2 stretchers attach the left and right side of the bench and again I used a pieces of 2×4. Put a tennon on the left and right sides of the stretcher and then measured from the outside face of the risers to a convenient place to attach the the wash and nut in the middle of the stretcher by drill a 1 3/8” hole on the left and right side of the component thus being able to drawer everything tight with a wrench… Pictures explain this better than I can right the direction...

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Part 7: Vise Components

01-12-2018 10:59 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

The vise is made up off double up 1×4 solid oak boards that I glued together to form the inside and external vise components… I had to carefully place 3/4” holes to receive the black pipe that will be used to tighten and loosen the vise jaws. After the oak components dried up I placed some dog holes in the top so as that I could use the vise to clamp pieces especially since this was the reason for the build. All that was left is making the top

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Part 8: Top

01-12-2018 11:43 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

I made the top nice and big at 24” wide by about 18” deep so I have a lot of room to work on. The top is made from 2×4’s with the rounded edges cut off so the sides were vertical to the top and I also used 1×4 solid oak to give the top that much more strength. Excuse this drawing as I kind of mesh to drawings to gether to show the relationship to each other. Here is the dog hole placement they are 4” apart. Anyway thats all i have I am in the ...

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Part 9: Sketchup Plans

01-13-2018 12:37 AM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 1 comment »

For those of you that need more detail in this project here is a link to my my Sketchup plans that I have stored on my Google Drive https://drive.google.com/open?id=1V2X4Dk7bOV4rtexCK1_Wb_tD1hF_huK4

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