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Workbench Build #11: Look Ma - No Clamps!

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 06-22-2011 03:24 AM 2240 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Lots of holes drilled..... Part 11 of Workbench Build series Part 12: I'm back - let's finish this.... »

A big day on the bench top build – no more clamps required to hold all the bits together…....gotta like it. Both vices are in place….as it turns out (in my case) the twin screw was much easier to install than the cheap Grizzly front vice. But both came out nice and smooth. I was sweating that a bit….........

Still need to drill a bunch of dog holes…......argh…....

Also – need to clarify a statement from the previous post – I stated I had $100 invested in the bench before buying the twin screw, and after I added it up again, it’s really more like $180 plus $229 for the twin screw so a little over $400 into the bench so far…...

The point is this is a low cost bench and is designed to be functional. I have had some friends and family say things like it’s too nice to use….blah blah blah…..wrong. The bench is built for use…...using a variety of unique materials I happen to find at a low cost….......

Thats it for now – thanks for looking.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.



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fernandoindia

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 04:32 AM

Love it Jeff.

I understand you are no longer married. If that wasn´t the case, I´m sure that workbench would be topped with a couple of crystal flower pots. :)

-- Back home. Fernando

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JL7

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 04:59 AM

Hey Fernando – thanks…...Of course – I could say, if I was still married I would stand up and say NO to the crystal flower pots, but we both know that is likely a lie…:)

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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kenn

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 05:47 AM

It’s looking good, and I agree, a workbench is made to be used. I’d suggest a plunge router for the dog holes. They’ll be nice and straight and you can finish drilling them with an auger bit if needed. Just my 2 cents.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 06:00 AM

looking good. $400 is pretty decent considering that more than half of that is on the vises.

suggestion – round over the edges on the vise blocks and the break off the sharp 90s on the edges of the benchtop – those could lead to some nasty accidents.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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JL7

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 01:56 PM

Hey Kenn – thanks for the comments and suggestions – I was thinking about using the router and have been keeping my eyes open for a bit. I have a 3/4” Onsrud spiral upcut bit (HSS) – but I am not certain it is really up to the task. I have seen “plunge cutting” straight bits – but they aren’t very long, which I’m sure is done to minimize the runout.

Any input on selecting a good bit will be appreciated! Otherwise, I will give the spiral bit a shot and see how it works…....

Sharon – appreciate the comments and suggestions also – I agree on breaking the edges and it is in the plans. I decided to wait to this initial assembly was done. Is there any advantage roundover vs. chamfer?

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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SPalm

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 02:14 PM

Hey Jeff, looking good.

I used a spiral up-cut router for mine. Not a problem at all.
But my holes shrank after a while. I am not sure on how to re-bore them.
So I would suggest a jig for spacing, and keep the jig just in case you need to go back.
Your wood might not move as much as mine did.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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JL7

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 11:32 PM

Thanks Steve – I will defineately build a jig for this – If anyone knows of a cool design laying around for plunge cutting dog holes – I would appreciate it….

Also – any opinions on the idea of using 3 rows of dog holes that would fall right between the Jatoba strips?

Thanks!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 06-23-2011 03:11 AM

Jeff, for something that sees a lot of hand use I like to round over things as it is smoother and simply feels better and more comfortable although in general I do like the chamfer look more than round over, it boils down to personal taste I guess, but either would be better than sharp edges :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dave

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#9 posted 06-23-2011 03:27 AM

Jeff first what king of hold downs will you use? To me if they have an eight inch reach the holes need to be 15 inches apart. That way if you use 2 hold downs you will always be able to pinch it down.
check this out

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Leonard5

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#10 posted 06-23-2011 03:36 AM

I love it.

-- Leonard H.

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JL7

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#11 posted 06-23-2011 04:40 AM

Hey Sharon – thanks for the input – are you suggesting rounding over all surfaces – such as where the vice faces meet the bench top? Sorry – I really am a newbie here….. I defineately understand how lethal the sharp edges are but I am not clear whether I should round over everything and if so – are there any exceptions….. Thanks again and your bowling lane bench is awesome by the way…..

Dave – I figured you would ask me questions I probably can’t answer…:) I do have a couple late model holdfasts plus a vintage Record holdfast with the screw on top (kinda sweet)........But – that video link is super cool – thanks. The stuff he can do with a fairly basic bench is amazing..

I will take some time and map this new info out tomorrow….....Also – have the cutoff from the front vice (Jatoba-Maple-Jatoba) that might just work for that mallet you think I need….OK, I do need.

My current mallet is a piece of Silver Maple from my back yard – please don’t ask why I broke my ankle 2 years ago to make this mallet…........anyways – I basically beat the ^%$# out it cutting those dovetails…...

Thanks for the info Dave.

Leonard – THANKS!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#12 posted 06-23-2011 04:55 AM

He had a traditional bench and found softer wood to be better for his needs.

oh oh will you be making a mallet?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#13 posted 06-23-2011 05:00 AM

Matching mallet is now on the list…...:)

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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JL7

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#14 posted 06-24-2011 03:31 AM

Dave – mallet blank…...will this work?

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#15 posted 06-24-2011 04:53 AM

Oh man, that’s a great blank. There is a post I want you to see, if you haven’t read it already.
Chisel Mallet Angles Made Easy
That one helped me a bunch.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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