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Bowling Alley Workbench #1: Conceptual Design 1 - feedback appreciated

05-27-2009 11:37 PM by PurpLev | 21 comments »

So after we've got the bowling alleys. now it’s time to put them to to use (not really ‘now now’ but … you know what I mean). So, I really would like to make this one a keeper, and not have to redo this bench unless I really fancy it in the future with lots of extra time on my hands and nothing better to do with it (hence – not likely it’ll happen), and in order to do that, I figured I’ll make this one as close as I can to the ‘ultimate’...

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Workbench Buildup #1: Desmond-Stephan Vise Restoration

01-28-2009 01:20 AM by justsawin | 5 comments »

Not exactly a woodworking project, but will parlay into a workbench project to come. This is an old vise I got from my dad’s shop. I don’t know too much about it, but it says Desmond-Stephan Mfg Co. on the left side and Urbana, Ohio on the right. I restored it to useable condition and will mount it on my new workbench after building it. Before Restoration. A rusted mess! I used an “Electrolytic Rust Removal” process to remove the bulk of the rust. I couldn...

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Building The Holtzapffel Workbench #15: The Finished Bench!

07-29-2008 04:47 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 27 comments »

Well it was a longtime coming but I have finished the bench. I’ve been having an issue getting the main face vise to operate smoothly. It worked just fine when I had it mocked up, but once I added the final chop it was grabbing and binding. It took some trouble shooting to find the problem, but in the end the problem was me trusting that power tools can do an accurate finish job. More on that later. First I thought the problem was that the new chop was bigger and heavier. I thought th...

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Work(shop) in Progress #1: The Workbench

06-11-2008 01:27 AM by PurpLev | 4 comments »

So like every other woodworker, I take pride in my shop, and always aspire to have the most convenient, flowing, accessible, productive, efficient, fun, and good looking setup I can get. This is the story of my shop. So one thing that I wanted for a while, but never really got the chance to setup, nor the place, was a workbench. for the longest time I’ve been mostly assembling on the floor, and working on foldable plastic sawhorses that have a work surface that flips on top –...

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Jigs as Important as Tools

01-23-2008 03:35 PM by Eric | 4 comments »

My wife is out of the country attending a conference, and while I do have kid duty (age 4.5 and 3), I still manage to steal away from time to time to do some woodworking. Gotta love those DVDs that have the “Play Continuously” option! So even though I’m supposed to be working on my bench, I get these ideas of things to make and want to act on them. One of them is to make my wife a little box. She has no need of a little box, but it’s the thought that counts. Well, t...

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Holtzapffel Bench #3: The Hard Choice of Hardware

11-22-2007 04:28 PM by Olaf Gradin | 1 comment »

A fellow Holtzapffelian, Roger (here at Lumberjocks), is writing about his project regarding the same bench. He started out by purchasing his hardware for the bench and is now in the process of picking out his wood. That reminds me of a deliberation I’m going through with my own bench. What hardware to use? The plans call for a quick-release end vise – nothing too fancy, I suppose. I want the Jörgensen version – I think it had a 12” maximum opening. The maximum...

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Building an assembly bench #1: Setting up the basic unit...

09-27-2007 06:09 AM by woodgizmo | 1 comment »

I’ve been wanting to build a new assembly bench for awhile now. I’ve seen dozens of unique ideas on the internet, but finally settled on a bench that resembles a utility cart.The entire base of the unit and the first 3 layers of the top were built from plywood salvaged from shipping crates that I obtained at work. I intend to wrap the top in hardwood and place a final layer of hardboard on top. The hardboard will be replaceable. I glued the top layers together and threw every clam...

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A Workbench's Progress #4: Squeeze play

05-31-2007 05:56 PM by TheGravedigger | 7 comments »

After the holes were bored and the jaws were shaped, it was time for installation. Every vise hardware set is probably a little different, so I won’t get too technical here. The bottom line is that the mount assembly is positioned on the underside of the benchtop and screwed or lag-bolted into place. Then, the jaw is threaded onto the guide rods and screw, which are then run through their respective holes in the mount and secured. The screw is then tightened to snug the jaw up again...

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A Workbench's Progress #3: How much wood will $80 buy?

05-31-2007 05:07 AM by TheGravedigger | 7 comments »

I decided at this point that I should install the front and end vises with their wooden jaws prior to surfacing the top. So, my son and I (remember, 150 pounds or so) flipped the benchtop on its back, and I made sure the vise mounting spots were relatively flat and square to the edges. Then it was time to construct the wooden jaws, and obviously, whitewood would never do for this application. The only logical choice seemed to be maple, which is not available as a locally-produced wood. ...

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