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Blog entry by dreadpirateeric posted 10-16-2010 04:25 AM 1030 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project Status: Planning phase

This is a sketch of the workbench. I’m still working on some of the design/looking for parts and ideas. This plan includes the “less expensive” top… I will eventually put a really nice top on it, but need something functional right off. It will also include two veritas vises:

Front Vise


Twin-Screw Vise

I like these two vises but will add a bit of cost to the top.

Some questions about the future top:

  • Round or square dog holes? (I’m leaning towards square)
  • Need for two vises or just one?

-- peace be with you. -E-

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 05:31 AM

I built mine with two, but one is a face vise (the smaller of the two, but if you have the depth get the biggun) and the other an end vise. Each serves a different purpose.

You can never have enough vices!

One thing I’d consider changing is your side drawers look fairly shallow from the drawing. I don’t know what you plan to use them for, but I found deeper drawers were more useful. Also, the hardware (slides) can add up. My plan called for 5 drawers – 3 shallow and 2 deeper. I opted for 2 shallow and added the other to one of the bigger two and it worked out well. I also cut dividers for the shallow for small parts/tools etc. to keep them organized and from sliding all over.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 05:40 AM

That makes since. I was thinking I would just have a flat drawer for the sides, however I can see if anything moves around and falls… it might make for a fun time of getting the tool unstuck! I will update the sides to be a little deeper.

I’m hunting for the best prices for the hardware… it for sure adds up.

Thanks for the help.

-- peace be with you. -E-

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 06:25 AM


Look at They have some great prices on quality hardware. I bought some Blum cabinet door hinges, and had them in 3 or 4 days, $1.76 ea. versus $6.39 ea. locally.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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Derek Lyons

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 06:56 AM

Have you read The Schwartz’s books on workbench design?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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