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Workbench #2: Workbench #2, after 2 years of use. Opinions Please?

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Blog entry by Jason Brewer posted 01-19-2011 09:02 PM 3616 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The construction of the top is quite simple. The top is laminated walnut with strips of mahogany in between and wrapped with brazilian cherry and african mahogany. The dovetails are only 1” thick and the 4”x4” mahogany is glued and joined with the dovetails on the sides and tenon through the top. The top is 3” thick. with 4” wide apron that is 4” thick. so the looks are 4” thick, 20”x78”.

My number 1 complaint is i miss my first bench setup, this was my second workbench. My first I had a nice L-style tail vise and a front vise.

I have also read much of Christopher Schwarz ideas in bench making. Honestly. I want to change this benches setup. It may be better to start from scratch than to butcher this.

Curious as to some of the LBJACKER thoughts. I do value a leg system that is flush with the side of the bench for long jointer planing support. Also the idea of my L-style tail vise lended well to hand cutting dovetails. I hate my record 10” vise. But I don’t know any vise that doesn’t rack when clamped unevenly.

1) My plans were to build a case to go underneath the workbench with 8 drawers for my planes, chisels, marking tools, sharpening stones, ect… I thought about making a rib or a side panel on that case 3 or 4” wide to be flush with the top (similar to a sliding deadman except wont move) for the use of vertical dog clamp or hold fasts when jointing long boards. Then put another front vise on the side. Anyone ever tried this?

2) Has anyone ever added a tail vise after completing a bench?

3) I wish I was able to purchase a lie nielsen chain vise and tail vise. Great quality but a bit $$ for my budget

thanks, jason

-- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8



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Bertha

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 09:11 PM

Knowing lumberjockers after my short time here, there are probably members home-brewing chain vises! Have you considered adding a bench jack to your current configuration? You might be able to partially solve at least one problem. I’d be hesitant to retro-fit a shoulder vise on such a beautiful bench. If you’ve got room in your shop, dedicate it to a well-suited task and build a new one (that would be my excuse, at least). I own Schwartz’s book and I agree, it’s full of fantastic advice.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 09:45 PM

I thought I had some good advice for you until your last sentence where you mention budget… I would have rcommended you add a new base, flush with the fron and back sides of the top and add a pair of Benchcrafted vices… however the vices would cost you a bit. I believe that Veritas has a metal wagon vice you can add to your bench far cheaper than the Benchcrafted…. found it: “Veritas® Inset Vise

If you have the money, I would go for the Benchcrafted. I bought a pair of their vices and have all my wood, all I need is the time to build the bench and install the vices. I look forward to having a functional bench.

I wish you luck with whatever you decide to do with your bench. It is rather handsome as it is I might add.

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Bertha

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 10:18 PM

Wow! that wagon’s under $100. However, it looks like everything else Veritas (which could be a good or bad thing, depending upon your tastes). Thanks for posting the link, wasmithee!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 01:19 AM

Shannon Rogers at the Renaissance Woodworker has a great series of videos detailing his installation of the Benchcrafted Wagon Vise on his new bench. He seems well pleased with it. The first video is here:

http://www.renaissancewoodworker.com/rww-35-benchcrafted-vise-installation-part-1/

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 02:35 AM

I agree. I have thought about starting over. My wife said we could use it as a desk. Ha. Not what the maker had in mind. inalso really like the bench crafted hardware. We will see. I think most of the roubo style benches I’ve seen don’t have or utilize the space below for cabinet space. Which I would really use.

-- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 02:21 PM

I’ll take that old bench off of your hands, Jason. Think it would fit in a flat rate box?!!!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 01:07 AM

So… after much thought. Here is what I am thinking. I have listened to all your posts and I don’t want to destroy the bench, but a few mods will drastically improve functionality. Here is a sketchup mark up, what do you guys think? The end vise will be a custom twin screw mocked after lie-nielsens. I have to turn 2pcs of 1.125” amce thread rod down on one end for a sprocket attachment, but other than than should be a snap.

jason

-- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

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