LumberJocks

Workbench #4: Finished, for now

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by mileskimball posted 01-14-2013 02:35 AM 1670 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Paint your wagon: the wagon vise in Sketchup Part 4 of Workbench series Part 5: Wheels a-plenty »

I finished my workbench last night. I ‘m pretty happy with it, though there are a few things I’m going to continue to work on.

One is the wheels supporting the leg vise. I got some small rubber casters from a big box, and as it turns out they’re just not round. So I’m in the market for some better ones (suggestions on suppliers, anyone?).

The second is the $32 Shop Fox screw handles. The screws work find – the problem is that the handles are steel, with little steel ball-shaped caps pressed on the ends to hold them in place and keep them from sliding through the transverse hold at the end of the screw. Sure enough, I hadn’t had the bench finished for half an hour before I turned the leg vise screw, and the handle dropped to its end-stop (as bar handles are wont to do), and the ball popped off the end, letting the handle drop to the floor with a clang. So it was on to the Grizzly site to buy some cast iron wheels. Hope they work out better!

-- Miles



5 comments so far

View johnstoneb's profile

johnstoneb

727 posts in 858 days


#1 posted 01-14-2013 02:44 AM

for my vise handles I used 1” dowel cut to length and small wooden toy wheels for the ends. That bench looks to good to have steel handles on the vises.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View oluf's profile

oluf

256 posts in 1725 days


#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:04 AM

If you have not ordered casters yet you might want to check out this web site. I buy casters and wheels from them and find thier quility and prices to be very good. www.thecasterguy. com That is a very nice bench. Well done!!

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

View mileskimball's profile

mileskimball

85 posts in 699 days


#3 posted 01-14-2013 02:19 PM

Thanks for the tip. BTW, any thoughts on how to attach hand wheels to a bench screw? I was planning on just drilling and tapping a hole and bolting then on, but I don’t really know how to key the bolt so it doesn’t co e loose as I turn the hand wheel. Loctite I guess?

-- Miles

View tsangell's profile

tsangell

211 posts in 1379 days


#4 posted 01-14-2013 04:59 PM

If you can drill a hole through the screw and the hand wheel, you can run a bolt through or tap in a spring pin.

View mileskimball's profile

mileskimball

85 posts in 699 days


#5 posted 01-15-2013 06:21 PM

I’ll give that a try. I just drilled a shallow test pilot hole in the end of the screw, and the steel of the screw drilled pretty easily (but not too easily!). So there shouldn’t be a problem drilling a transverse hole for a spring pin (had to look that up—I’ve always called them “roll pins”!).

-- Miles

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase