Tool thoughts #16: New fangled bench part II

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Blog entry by NedB posted 04-02-2009 04:49 AM 3184 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got most of the dimensional lumber cut to length now, as well as the pipes on hand, and the clamps. I’ve decided to make something of a traditional bench on one end however. I have been gathering tools for several years and I scored a very nice old Morgan model 100A quick release vise off of craigslist last a couple of years ago:

the vice on the left is a different model which I had for a friend of mine, neither one of us have installed them yet.
Speaking of which; since I have this already, I’m going to incorporate it onto the left end of the bench. My bench will be 5’ overall, and the pipe section will be 4’ long. Most of what I expect to be working on will be smaller than that. I’m still working out the plan on that end, but essentially I’m planning at least initially that i’ll glue up some filler boards for the trough. I will incorporate the planing stop into the mount for the vise .

I’m planning on getting some assembully done tomorrow. I will have to see if I have a forstner bit large enough to drill all of the holes, if not, I’ll swing by Sears and pick one up.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 04-02-2009 04:51 AM

Can’t wait to see it come together. Following the journey will be fun.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 04-02-2009 04:59 AM

I built one of these and love to follow other people’s build of the NFB. keep us posted! Take lots of picts.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 04-02-2009 05:11 AM

Todd, Thanks for looking in, I’ve never had a galoot bench before, My workbenches have been clutter gatherers. And in fact, I’m planning on taking one of them apart once I get this built… I simply don’t have enough floor space in my shop to have two flat benches plus this one.

Daniel, thanks for checking in… and fear not, If anything I over-shoot things. One of the symptoms of being a photographer for 20 some odd years.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-02-2009 12:43 PM

Ned, this is going to be an interesting series. Benches are a popular item that most of us find to be a useful addition to our shops. I have a bench in the design phase right now so I am going to enjoy watching you build yours.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 12:47 PM

Nice vices Ned, I cant wait to see your new workbench.

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