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Little help with a Sjobergs bench

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Blog entry by Shopsmithtom posted 05-24-2011 04:51 PM 4186 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just picked up what appears to be an earlier version of a Sjobergs model 1660 http://www.rlarson.com/Product/sjoberg/index.html bench. Because I want storage & prefer it to be heavier, (it’s a nice bench, but pretty light weight) I plan on making a cabinet insert similar to the one they offer.
Since no instructions came with it, I have a question for any Sjoberg owners. I know what the bench dog holes and hold down holes are, but there are 2 – 1 1/4” steel tube lined holes, one near each vise, and I don’t know what they’re for. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you



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stefang

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 07:27 PM

I’ve had my SjĂžberg bench for 30 years. The round steel sleeves are for holdown clamps. A regular hand clamp can be used by taking the top jaw off the clamp and just putting the bar that the lower jaw slides on into the hole with the handle pointing upward. Just slide the jaw down until the jaw contacts the work piece and turn the handle to tighten.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 07:29 PM

You can buy gorgeous iron clamps that will drop right in. The pressure will lock the shaft against the liner. If you know a blacksmith, you could have some really fantastic ones made. I saw one guy with a Sjo that had a blacksmith fashion hold downs with a leaf motif. Very wonderful.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 07:43 AM

Nice looking workbench…The hold downs really look handy!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Shopsmithtom

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 05:15 PM

Thanks for the info, guys! -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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