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Blog entry by knotfree posted 10-25-2010 12:33 AM 7402 reads 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build a better workbench that would be more conducive to the way work. I like to make furniture and cabinets and needed something that would handle clamping case goods, cabinet doors, assembled drawers and all the other assemblies that go into my work. I did a LOT of research on workbench design, read all the books, perused the many websites and eventually decided on a design. The workbench is the Holtzapffel design from Chris Shwarz’ book, with some minor modifications to suit my personal requirements. Here are some photos of the build:



toplam1
Beginning top lamination, 3” white ash


toplam2
Adding one strip at a time to the top.


toplam4
Laminating more strips, vertical clamps keep edges aligned.


toplam3
Adding more strips to get to the final width.


topfin1
Added the benchdog strips on each side.


topfin2
Another view of the dog strips.


toplevel
Leveling the top with hand planes. My buddy Paul bought over his number 8 and we got cracking, working our way down to my number 4.


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Making the front vise, using 1.5 inch maple screws I cut with Beall threader.


frontvise3
I cut the vice chop down to size,added bolsters and handles, and planed the chop even with the benchtop. The chop is 3” thick.


frontvise4
I put 25” between the screws, so I can get case good sides in the vise for dovetailing.


frontvise5
The wooden screws work great! I used beeswax to lubricate them.


endvise1
Dogs in action with end vise.


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End view. It weighs a ton!


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Putting it to good use.

-- Pete



16 comments so far

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John's Woodshop

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 12:35 AM

Very Nice Bench! Excellent Work!

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 12:37 AM

Wow that’s a full blow winner.great bench.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 12:50 AM

That is going to be a handy dandy workbench. Very Nice Job !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 01:05 AM

Hey Pete,
That is one sweet bench….great design and finish…good job.

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jcontract

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 01:38 AM

Pete. Nice. I’m halfway through my Holtzapffel. What did you use for the end vise? And do you think you’ll line the vise in leather? A friend of mine did and it works like a charm. Just a thought..

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 01:51 AM

Great Lookin Bench Must Be Heavy

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 10-25-2010 02:00 AM

Very nice bench. I like your homemade vice.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#8 posted 10-25-2010 02:05 AM

jcontract,

I used a Jorgensen Quick release, 10” Face, 12” Opening, for the end vise and added the chop to the front jaw. The rear jaw is recessed under the end cap. I have been thinking about a leather lining for the vise to protect the work pieces. It’s tough to find leather here in jersey, but I think Tandy sells on line. I will update this blog as I make progress.

-- Pete

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JamieH

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#9 posted 10-25-2010 03:17 AM

Wow, that is awesome. Very nice work. It will be a pleasure to use!

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#10 posted 10-25-2010 05:28 AM

That is very impressive – nice work!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#11 posted 10-25-2010 05:44 AM

Nice Bench

A saddle maker would have some nice heavy leather and it can be attached with contact cement.

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#12 posted 10-25-2010 05:48 AM

Wow!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#13 posted 10-25-2010 08:54 AM

Great bench.
It will be great for loads of projects and several generations projects as well.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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jcontract

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#14 posted 10-25-2010 01:46 PM

ok. You’re gonna laugh. I’m in NJ as well. My friend had the same issue, so he wound up buying leather weight belts. You know the ones …. that the muscle heads wear? He bought then off e-bay for only a few bucks each. Only issue might be thickness. Just a thought.

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#15 posted 10-25-2010 02:37 PM

Really nice work so far! It’s going to be an awesome bench once you get done.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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