My journey in workbench design #2: Final Sketchup Images

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Blog entry by Mike Lingenfelter posted 12-08-2007 06:37 PM 3346 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent more time with with Sketchup and have finished the base for the bench. I drew the stretchers up with through tenons. Most plans show using bolts on the stretchers. I haven’t decided which way I’m going yet.

I also spent a day visiting my local lumber suppliers. I found a good deal on some Ash. Ash is a nice hardwood and has the stiffness a bench needs.

For those of you in the Seattle area, you might want to checkout Compton Lumber. They are over near Crosscut Hardwoods, in south Seattle. They have a really nice selection, at a competitive price. The people there are friendly and helpful. I haven’t made my purchase yet, but plan to go back after the first of the year. I was mainly going to find out pricing and to see what this bench was going cost me. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be :).

Here are some new images of the bench.

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-08-2007 10:39 PM

It looks like it will work for you , Mike, but where is the tail vise?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-08-2007 10:45 PM

Tail vise is on the wagon out of town…

Great looking plans Mike! Hoping to see this happen live and in person!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#3 posted 12-09-2007 12:58 AM

I didn’t draw in the details of the tail vise but Dorje hinted at it will be a “Wagon” vise. It will be inside the open slot you see at the end of the bench. There is a link on the first blog that shows the “Wagon” vise.

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#4 posted 12-10-2007 08:47 PM

Nice Sketchup work and a great design for the bench!


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