An Inexpensive Workbench #3: Dogs, Holes, and New Jaws

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Blog entry by Rob posted 01-27-2009 05:42 PM 5107 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I substituted my cheap temporary construction lumber jaws for some good ash jaws. I’m so glad I practiced first because originally the jaws were about 1/8th below the bench top surface. Now they are flush.

You can also see that I added some dogs and holes. I tried to cheap-out and use 3/4 wooden dowels for the dogs which will definitely get you by in a pinch, however, I think you will find replacing them all the time annoying. Also they don’t hold as well as the Veritas dogs I decided to splurge on! Man these are nice; which figures since they are made in Canada!


I never did mention the vise handle. I had a large dowel that I spoke shaved down to the proper size then I used small pieces of the original size to cap the ends. Not as nice looking as the Veritas but it saved me 5 bucks. Here’s a pic of the bench in use. I needed to flatten out my cutting board. It’s nice to have a thick, flat surface to reference off and clamp to.


And here’s a little pic of the shop reorginisation to accommodate the new bench. I just moved some shelving around. Put some lights above as well as my small fleet of planes.


That’s all for now. Immediate future plans are to round off the vise corners, put a coat of finish on, and add a shelf underneath. Stay tuned and thanks for dropping by!


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#1 posted 01-27-2009 05:46 PM

Nice bench and storage cupboard!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 01-27-2009 08:01 PM

Looks like an economical but nice bench. I like the cabinet of little drawers hanging over the bench. Simple, honest, functional, nice.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 01-27-2009 10:05 PM

That’s great… there’s a bench like this in my future, and given my budget… I’ll probably end up doing something very similar.

You mentioned in the initial post that the construction-grade lumber around you is spruce… any thoughts on whether standard-issue white pine or whatever 2x’s are around here would hold up?

Can’t wait to see the finished product!

-- Ryno

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#4 posted 01-27-2009 11:04 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys. I like that little cabinet too. It holds all my nails and screws etc and I can easily take out a drawer to wherever I happen to be working which is convenient.


I’d say go with whatever you’ve got around. For sure it will be sturdy enough. And who really cares if it loses shape as it is so thick you can plane it flat again and again. I find the lamenation very stable so far though and I’ve yet to put on a finish which I’m sure will help all the more against drying and seasonal changes.

All the best with yours. I’d love to see it when you are done.

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 01:38 AM

Rob … looks like you went with the 7” Veritas model. Any problems or concerns?

I ask because I’m starting a bench of my own, and was planning on using one like yours for an end-vise (I already have a Groz 9” QR model that I am going to use for a front vise).

I actually ordered a Grizzly 10 1/2” vise two weeks ago, but got a message from them that these are out of stock, and they don’t expect to get any more until May 24! I don’t think it is smart to go ahead with the design of construction of a bench until I have the hardware I will be using.

Woodcraft has a Groz 7” similar to the Veritas on sale this weekend for $45.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 03-01-2009 02:42 AM


No problems or concerns yet. I think it works quite well. Keep in mind I’ve never owned or used another vise like this before so I can’t really compare. It seems to work as it should however.

I hope that works out for you. I also hope you post your bench when it’s done.


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