Shop #5: Completed Workbench

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Blog entry by Big Ben posted 02-09-2011 04:44 AM 1371 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally done getting the bench together, I beefed up the lower shelf with 2.5” with .5” rabbet for the slats to fit in, I had enough left over scrap to complete the shelf. I did however miscalculate and will not be able store the compressor on it. BUT I did get a Ridgid Band Saw which I may be able to use to store. (Band Saw step will be my next blog and project). I still need to apply BLO finish but I am having to much fun using it to stop now.

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The lower shelf stock with planer, drill press and shop vac.

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The face vise is a twin screw using pipe clamps. These work great and I have use it a couple times already. Easy to adjust and remove (I keep walking into it). I have dog holes in the chop parallel to the ones in the bench.

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The end vise is also a pipe clamp, works well but I need to add dog holes to the chop.

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10 comments so far

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 04:54 AM

Nice bench!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 05:35 AM

Pretty handy idea for the vises by using pipe clamps. Very nice.
How do you like the Ryobi drill press?

-- It's not a misplaced hole, I just wanted to use my plug cutter.

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 05:47 AM

Very nice job.

Let me know if—other than by removing it—you find a way NOT to walk into the vise.

I’d be pleased to learn :-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 06:01 AM

Now you can kick back and turn out a project or two while you get to know your new bench, your best shop buddy.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 06:11 AM

Looks good. Dont worry about the blo, a hundred years from now it wont matter, just enjoy and (you may need to wear a cup) till you get acclimated to your vise locations.

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 06:34 AM

good stuff. Now lets start putting some dings and scratches in it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 08:59 AM

Nice. I really like the split top… I bet that will come in handy!

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 04:34 PM

Very nice. You are now one of our workbench heroes.

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 04:59 PM

Great job Ben. I enjoyed watching you streaming the build. Especially the part where you were hiding from your wife under it…lol. Congrats dude!

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Big Ben

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#10 posted 02-10-2011 01:57 PM


The Ryobi DP is ok, its not great but not aweful either. If you have the money any space I would go with a larger one with more power.

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