Workshop #11: Workbench taking shape, but need some advice...

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Blog entry by Matt posted 04-04-2016 02:57 AM 541 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Workbench is taking shape Part 11 of Workshop series Part 12: More Bench coming together! »

Things are progressing! I’m excited to see something bench shaped in my developing shop! I decided to top it with 3 layers of 3/4 plywood topped with a 1/4” of hardboard. I also want to band the edge with 1-1/2” x 4” hardwood banding (probably red oak or maybe meranti as my local yard has lots of it). I’ve got this old vice that I picked up super cheap. It needs a bit of clean up and a coat of paint, but it’s totally functional.

The bench, not really assembled:

The vise:

I’m considering a tail vise… or not. haven’t decided.

My current plan is to relieve the front of the plywood bench top to accept the vise, then apply the banding OVER that (actually inside the vise). The banding will be 1/4” above the plywood and will “trap” the hardboard.

Then, I will cut a matching chop about 15” wide (extending 4” past the edge of the metal vise on each side).

Here’s a few pics. You can see where I marked out the material to be removed to inset the vise jaw into the table top.

So, does this seem like a reasonable plan for the vise? The banding and chop will chew up some capacity of the vise, but there will still be 6” or more of capacity. I’m not planning on doing huge stuff, so I think that is ok.

My other question is this: What is the best way to attach the banding to the table edge? Glue and screw? Lag? It will be long grain oak/meranti attached to the edge of the plywood. The banding will take a beating, so I really want to make sure this is right.

Thanks for reading,

-- I do this for fun.

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#1 posted 04-04-2016 03:03 AM

I realize that those drawings are hard to read. How’s this?

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