assembly table/workbench #2: installing vise mechanism, mounting drawers and painting

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Blog entry by Greedo posted 1515 days ago 6581 reads 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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the worktable is nearly finished, at this stage i recieved some welcomed help from my girlfriend who has finished her exams. what is left to do is finish the eletrical wiring, finish the filter for the downdraft and organise the drawers and shelves.

here you can see the current state:
assembly table

the top is finished with a beech edge, and 12mm mdf on top, applied 2 coats of BLO, and then 2 coats of BLO/poly mixture. it feels smooth, but still woodlike. i could have gone for melamine, but i prefer something softer that isn’t going to damage my workpieces.
you can see the switch that will turn on the turbine.

here you can see my homemade vise mechanism:
homemade vise

it took less than 30 minutes to make, it’s verry basic and costs less than $5 in materials.
i had to mix blue with green to obtain a similar color to the one of my favorite tool brand ;)

assembly table
the drawers are mounted on casters, it’s the first time i used them, and all the handles are homemade out of beech because i thought 9 euros a piece was way to expensive for similar ones!

downdraft table
this is the “turbine” for the downdraft action, it blows the air out from the back of the table. above it (not in pic) is an opening in wich i will insert the filter.

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 1515 days ago

Great looking and very functional project

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 1515 days ago

Nice shoulder vice. $5?? More details please.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 1515 days ago

Lots of bells and whistles great bench

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1515 days ago

Very nice workbench. Cool design !!

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#5 posted 1515 days ago

Very slick looking bench.

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#6 posted 1514 days ago

@swirt, if you and maybe others are interested i will post a separate project page for the homemade vice mechanism, i have made quite a few already, from face vices, to leg and shoulder vices.

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#7 posted 1514 days ago

Yes, very interested… thank you.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 1477 days ago

Fantastic workbench…........ this is the one I want to build !
Would love more details on the vices if you could…....... thanks so much!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 1373 days ago

Thats a very functional bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1270 days ago

superbe etabli

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 1256 days ago

Very nice table. Great job!!!

-- New Auburn,WI

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