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Hand tool workbench #8: Finished!

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Blog entry by brianl posted 01-23-2011 01:49 AM 2129 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally, my bench is complete! The last component – the shoulder vise, took the longest to fabricate and install. To be fair, I did lowball it and bought a Chinese-made vise from woodcraft. It’s pretty easy to see the differences when I compare it to my Jorgensen front vise. The machining is inferior, the instructions are abysmal, and the fit is rough. I guess I got what I paid for. If I were to redo it, I’d go for a twin-screw vise.


To wrap the frame I built, I hand-resawed a 2×6 I had laying around.



Finally, I got the body mounted, got benchdog holes aligned and drillled, and put on a coat of Tung Oil. I’ll follow up with a couple more coats over the next few days.


-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 01:55 AM

sweet!

FYI that is a TAIL vise that you put on the bench and not a shoulder vise which would require a 5th leg to the bench (it’s a cool vise but requires more floor space).

As far as I know there aren’t many options for vise screw for a tail vise other than the one you got. I got he same one from Lee valley and the fit and finish looks identical (as does the color). I used it differently, but the hardware is the same. The Tail vise is the most complex to put together from my experience, but it does offer some good clamping options.

Now to using it!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 02:51 AM

Hey nice job. You will enjoy this bench I am sure. Congratulations!

George

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 03:21 AM

great work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 04:10 AM

Very nice work. I checked back and saw that you are actually using just hand saws….....pretty interesting.

I am in a different position, I cannot do much hand work due to my job needs, and my aging wrists and hands. I am also 69 yrs old, but plan to keep working. I didn’t worry about it 5 years ago. But, gotta live with what I got. So I am actually becoming more mechanized on purpose.

I have most of a the back of a double wide, double deep garage. Meaning I have the equivalent of a two stall garage, minus about 10%. At least when I can move the freezer(soon) that’s how much I have. So I have a standard sized simple workbench built 40 years ago. But I mostly use 4ft x 2ft project tables, and I am beefing one up this weekend. So, we will be working on the same size bench, but I have three of those little ones. I will probably beef up one more at least.

So congratulations. You most certainly will enjoy that bench. Be sure to check out nbeener’s bench, you were probably using the same plans, but his is full size. I remember working in a very small space in Tennessee, smaller than yours…..that was 35 years ago. I didn’t have much space when I was in Fairbanks, either, but was there from ‘75 through ‘83. I came to Anchorage in 84’, and then moved again in ‘85, partly because I needed more shop space, although I was just a doityourselfer.

Enjoy the bench, and your shop, it is what you make that counts…......

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 07:46 PM

Good stuff, great looking bench

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 11:26 PM

Now you have time for those picture frames, lol.

-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 08:39 PM

Just read throgh your blog. Great work & thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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