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in the workshop #2: Workbench design - here's my truss-rod bench with skirts and tool tray

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Blog entry by Loren posted 822 days ago 4795 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: My shop Part 2 of in the workshop series Part 3: Bench organization »

Here’s my bench, built many years ago. I’ve made some drawings to illustrate how the design works. It’s pretty straightforward but feel free to ask questions.

The base stretchers are held in tension by truss rods in channels running through the legs where adjustable nuts allow dis-assembly and hold the base in a very rigid alignment. The legs are mortised into the bottom trestles.

I had a Emmert vise on here at one point as a tail vise. The end cap is thus mutilated.



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canadianchips

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#1 posted 822 days ago

This one is useable. Some of the others I see are great to look at. But I would be afraid to use them.
I use mine to cut, sand,stain, paint whatever. I want functional, NOT PRETTY.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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rrdesigns

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#2 posted 822 days ago

Agreed. I, too, like a bench that shows the blood, sweat and tears of many productive hours. Here’s to many more. Happy shavings.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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thedude50

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#3 posted 750 days ago

I dont think its ugly and it looks solid what kind of wood did you make it from I am curious if my guesses are close I was thinking of modifying my bench but i think i am just second guessing myself

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Loren

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#4 posted 750 days ago

The top is cherry shorts I found somewhere laminated to a
reclaimed 9” wide maple restaurant cutting board. The front
skirt is a double layer of the 4/4 cherry and the back is the one
long piece I had from the cherry find. The end caps are 8/4
walnut. The base is construction-grade spruce.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 749 days ago

Looks very functional…

Cool!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#6 posted 748 days ago

how did you join the endgrain jut butt joints and glue ? what king of wood did you use for the legs

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Loren

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#7 posted 748 days ago

Parts of the top are “brick laid” and the ends are butted.
I probably used yellow glue since that’s what I used generally
at the time. The butt joints in the top have not been
a problem at all.

The legs are construction-grade spruce or fir 4×4 stock
planed to 3”x3” or so.

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thedude50

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#8 posted 746 days ago

it looks good Loren

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