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Workbench #3: A workbench is never done...

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Blog entry by Philip posted 304 days ago 911 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These are photos that show the progression I went through trying to get the vises installed on my workbench. To make a short story long, I had been planning this workbench build in my head for a few years. I got the wood for free (yeah!) and have been trying to build the workbench for virtually nothing. It is a hybrid bench that is blasphemous on many levels: too many dog holes to accommodate my steam bending fancies, a router plate cut into the top, moxon-type vises on the face and tail end, sissy hardware connecting HUGE mortises, etc…but I love it.

I took the idea of mounting the vise this way from Mike Dunbar’s bench in a past FWW article. After cutting the huge wooden nuts and installing them, they looked terrible, so I decided to dress them up a bit with some walnut facing. I would have gone with Paul’s wedge vise but had already purchased the tap and die.

For those of you thinking this is cool- run the other way! buy the router kit to make huge threads or get a metal vise, these baby’s are a work out!

By the way, I also lifted this bench top too many times. It’s heavy!


I could have sworn I was shooting for 24 inches…hm…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!



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WayneC

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#1 posted 304 days ago

Looks like you’re making good progress.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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KOVA

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#2 posted 304 days ago

EXCELENTE WORKBENCH CARPINTERO!!!!!!!
TENGO UNA IDEA PARA UNAS BUENAS PATAS:
LA QUIERES????

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Philip

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#3 posted 304 days ago

Por supuesto! Ya tego la base completo, ahora es question de poner todas las photos en el blog! Me gusta trabajar mas en la madera que la computadora, pero que va ser…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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stefang

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#4 posted 304 days ago

Looks very good so far Phillip. I don’t think you will regret going with the wooden screws. I have a couple on my old workbench which I bought new about 30 years ago and everything still works well and less handle turning with the big screws. Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 300 days ago

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mafe

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#6 posted 298 days ago

Yes looks good from here too.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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