Detail Workbench for my Workbench

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 05-17-2014 04:51 PM 5034 views 35 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After attempting to carve on my regular workbench for a few hours, I quickly realized my back didn’t like that too much! I needed a surface that would bring my work up to a more comfortable level. Rather than building a whole new bench I decided to build a removable mini-bench that could clamp down to my regular bench and bring my work up to that height, but could easily be removed and stored when not in use. The top measures 36” x 14” x 3” thick and with the addition of the base and the cast iron end vise, it is heavy! It stores in the base of my existing workbench. I made the entire project from some left over hard maple I had around the shop. I intend to use it for all kinds of detail work, carving, stringing, planing small parts etc. Feel free to comment or leave feedback as usual!

-- All in or give in.

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#1 posted 05-17-2014 05:16 PM

That looks really useful and well built. I wish I had one for joinery work, dovetailing really kills me on the current low bench.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 05-17-2014 05:32 PM

Beautiful work on this very fine bench Jeff. I understand that the height will spare you back pain while carving, but won’t moving it up and down have the opposite effect?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-17-2014 06:20 PM

Real nice addition to your IMMACULATE shop !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 06:38 PM

I built one this past year too. It definitely helps while dovetailing.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 07:28 PM

Interesting build and a practical solution to a common problem. Well done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 05-17-2014 08:12 PM

I wish you hadn’t posted this… now I have to build one. Thanks! :)

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#7 posted 05-17-2014 11:21 PM

Nice Bench, sure wish I could find Maple like that around here, or at least that I could afford to buy.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 05-18-2014 12:34 AM

Wow a bench for your bench…that’s awesome! Are you going to add a front vise on it and make it a moxon as well?

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#9 posted 05-18-2014 01:08 AM

Thanks for posting. Great idea. Nice build.
Now is on my list too. Thanks again.

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#10 posted 05-18-2014 01:26 AM

GREAT job on a benchtop table/height extender. I’m planning to build Jeff Miller’s benchtop bench, but this is a nice option too!

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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#11 posted 05-18-2014 02:50 AM

Naughtypine, I don’t think it will be necessary. I do more carving and inlay/stringing work and for that I prefer the end vise and a long row of dog holes. Thanks for the feedback everyone!

-- All in or give in.

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#12 posted 05-18-2014 04:00 AM

Love it!

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 04:36 AM

Great idea and wonderful build

-- Norman

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 08:47 AM

Superb work…..fantastic workbench…..!!!

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#15 posted 05-18-2014 10:12 AM

nice workbench, such a time I would also have to build, because I do not have a large workbench

-- Antonín,Rožná.Česká republika

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