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Mini Workbench from Steve Latta

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Project by Joel Shappell posted 02-25-2015 10:57 PM 5402 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been dabbling with Inlay work recently so I built the Mini Workbench that Steve Latta designed. Very nice to use as it raises my work so it’s easier to see. I made mine a little longer and wider then Steve’s plans. Made of Red Oak and Walnut.





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#1 posted 02-25-2015 11:11 PM

Nice looking table. How much time do you have invested in it?

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 11:25 PM

It was a weekend project.

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 12:33 AM

Looks like the Bench it is sitting on has seen some action! Very nice pair.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 03:11 AM

Beautiful

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 04:29 AM

Great bench. This should make a good addition to the existing one. Looks great too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 08:30 AM

Great looking bench, that will serve you very well!

Looks like one of the vise jaws is able to tilt. If I am right, can you please explain the mechanism?
Thanks a lot in advance!

Edit: I think I found out: http://www.americanwoodworker.com/blogs/tips/archive/2013/06/03/shop-made-rocker-jaw.aspx
Am I right? Thanks again!

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 02:01 PM

Good eye Muesli. Yes indeed I have the vise jaw pivoting on a 3/8 dowel. It’s a great way to clamp tapered table legs for me. It’s also removable to have parallel jaws if desired. Steve Latta really designed this mini bench well. It never would have occurred to me otherwise.

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 02:19 PM

These are incredibly handy for more than stringing and inlay, and once on the bench, great for the back.

Nice example!

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 06:29 PM

Very nice, How does it stay secure to the main workbench? Do you dog it in place or it’s heavy enough on its own?

-- Tomy Hovington

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 07:08 PM

A thief needs a good eye. :D I always watch out where I can steal improvements like this with my eyes.
Thanks a lot for sharing and for your response!


Good eye Muesli. Yes indeed I have the vise jaw pivoting on a 3/8 dowel. It s a great way to clamp tapered table legs for me. It s also removable to have parallel jaws if desired. Steve Latta really designed this mini bench well. It never would have occurred to me otherwise.

- Joel Shappell


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#11 posted 02-26-2015 07:51 PM



Very nice, How does it stay secure to the main workbench? Do you dog it in place or it s heavy enough on its own?

- Gbluee

Latta’s bench had holes in the legs that allowed for you to clamp it to your main bench. It looks like the OP has done the same thing though the legs are a bit dark and its a little hard to see.

Looks great Joel. I filed this one away in the ‘to do later’ folder when I saw it in FWW.

-- James

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 08:09 PM

Gbluee, yes, I cut two recessed holes and sized them to my clamps to attach to the main workbench when I need to use it.

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