Shop Organization #12: Workbench Upgrades

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 11-23-2009 07:52 AM 8694 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It was time to set the workbench up for hand tool use. We never bothered to drill holes for the bench dogs.

I used a forstner bit to drill the dog holes every five inches and in line with the vise.

We decided to add a bench stop as well. It it is a simple plywood board attached with knobs.

Here Kris routs the 3/8 “slots for the knob bolts.

I buy lawn mower knobs which only cost $3 per pair instead of the Rocker price of $6 or so for “jig-it” knobs.

The plywood can be raised up and locked into position to act as a stop for planing.

Here are the finished upgrades.

We did a few test setups and they perform as expected. Looking forward to using them for our Hand Tool Projects.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 07:57 AM

Looks like super upgrades

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 12:43 PM

Giz, this is a nice upgrade on your bench that is almost a necessity for using hand tools. Thanks for the tip on the knobs as well. I tend to use these routinely for my jigs and fixtures.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 01:20 AM

nice upgrades those u need

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 01:29 AM

Nice upgrades!

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