Benchtop Bench - got tired of back pain... Post

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Project by mafe posted 05-13-2014 07:52 PM 5078 views 14 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Benchtop bench
got tired of back pain…

When I was sawing finger or dovetail joints on my traditional Scandinavian workbench, I always ended up standing in a bed over position sawing. Since I am retired du to a neck operation this is especially for me no good.
So when I realized I had to cut a handful for my daughters confirmation gift, I decided it was time to quit whining and do something about it.
Two ways ahead a moxon or a benchtop bench, the bench on bench would give me a general chance of a higher work surface, so that became my choice for now.
It can also be brought on location work and clamped to any table top.

This post is from the Benchtop bench blog:

1. Benchtop bench MaFe style (with Festool clamping holes).
2. Simple materials, so it can be used hard and trashed once worn.
3. Threading rod and loving it.
4. The build up.
5. Bench dogs and holdfast.
6. This is what it is all about.

_Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 08:21 PM

Great build, Mads. Love that you made your own screws.

Isn’t it amazing how much raising the work that little bit makes it easier on the back, neck and eyes?

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 08:26 PM

Very nice.

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

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 08:44 PM

That’s the way to do it. Now all your dovetails will come out perfect. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 05-13-2014 08:54 PM

Love that last photo!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 09:19 PM

Great execution that will pay dividends for a long time!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 05-13-2014 09:23 PM

That is a very sweet bench top bench, my friend…and with all the amenities built in. I like it that you even made you own threaded shafts for the vise!!

You always give such a good explanation of the process. You are a good teacher!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-14-2014 12:07 AM

Nice, I have something very similar in concept, not design.

I got tired of being haunched over too.

It also allow me to dovetail upto 24” wide board.

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 05-14-2014 12:12 AM

You are a favorite read, Mafe. Always doing excellent work. The self made screw puts this project high in esteem. Did you make the screw turning device yourself?

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#9 posted 05-14-2014 12:26 AM

Ah you never do things by halves Mads & that’s why I always love seeing our latest project. Looks like you made a good choice with the bench raise option, lovely detail of “the how” :)
cheers Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 05-14-2014 02:04 AM

Very cool build, thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#11 posted 05-14-2014 03:33 AM

Those extra few inches make all the difference in the world! Great job, Mads!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 05-14-2014 03:41 AM

That’s exactly what my back need.

Great thinking my friend.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 05-14-2014 11:34 AM

Sweet set up Mads, been a wile buddy…. Hope all is well with you…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 05-14-2014 01:32 PM

Every time I use my bench I think about making something like this…thanks for the inspiration!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 05-14-2014 01:43 PM

Nice build. I could use something like that. Very nice looking shop.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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