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Project by Rich_LI posted 03-03-2015 05:58 PM 5096 views 24 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the weekend work bench, of course it took allot longer then a weekend. Its made of pressure treated because I have many 2×8 CCA’s from taking decks down for friends and family. It has an end vice made from bar clamps, the pictures show the foot treadle that releases the vise and the cable that pulls the paddles that release the bar clamp. I also have some castors that engage when you lift one end (not easy, its heavy). I recently added the 3 draws for planes and chisels and a shelf under the table top (keeps the top allot less cluttered) and I oiled it with Linseed oil. I place it next to the wood burning stove so I can work in the winter. It is now the center piece of my shop, I do all my work on it.

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !





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Tim Royal

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#1 posted 03-03-2015 07:30 PM

Excellent bench… creative thinking and effective work holding features! All on a budget… Love it!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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SirIrb

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#2 posted 03-03-2015 08:06 PM

I like the mounting of the pipeclamps to the bench. Totally stealing that like the IRS on April 15th.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Grumpymike

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 11:01 PM

”I recently added the 3 draws for planes and chisels”

In Webster’s Dictionary, I found no less than 32 uses for the word Draw and none of them relates to a box in a cabinet.
However the word three definitions down from draw is Drawer and refers to a sliding box in a cabinet or table.
And not to be confused with the word Drawers which deals with undergarments … :)

Sorry Rich, just having a bit of fun at your expense.

I really like your work bench and the pipe clamp end vise really caught my eye as the ones in the woodworker stores are quite pricey … This center piece will serve you for years to come, then become an heirloom.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Rich_LI

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 11:39 PM

Sorry not a great speller, good thing I’m and engineer and not a writer. The pipe clamp vise is great, I find i use it more and more. The release treadle works great

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !

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gsimon

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 11:52 PM

great bench – congrats!

-- Greg Simon

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robdem

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 12:41 AM

Nice looking bench . Hey Rich were are you in long island live in suffolk

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canadianchips

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#7 posted 03-04-2015 12:51 AM

Great looking bench,
Pipe clamp at end is terriffic idea.
More than anything I like the idea you used left over and re-purposed materials.
WE NEED to do this more often EVERYONE !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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NormG

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#8 posted 03-04-2015 01:10 AM

Great bench and innovative vice release, wonderful job, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Ub1chris

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#9 posted 03-04-2015 02:24 AM


”I recently added the 3 draws for planes and chisels”

In Webster s Dictionary, I found no less than 32 uses for the word Draw and none of them relates to a box in a cabinet.
However the word three definitions down from draw is Drawer and refers to a sliding box in a cabinet or table.
And not to be confused with the word Drawers which deals with undergarments … :)

Sorry Rich, just having a bit of fun at your expense.

I really like your work bench and the pipe clamp end vise really caught my eye as the ones in the woodworker stores are quite pricey … This center piece will serve you for years to come, then become an heirloom.

- Grumpymike

Spelling aside, if you’ve ever watched Norm Abrams, you know it’s pronounced “draw”

Chris

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SirIrb

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#10 posted 03-04-2015 01:13 PM

What kind of engineer?


Sorry not a great speller, good thing I m and engineer and not a writer. The pipe clamp vise is great, I find i use it more and more. The release treadle works great

- Rich_LI


-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Rich_LI

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#11 posted 03-04-2015 01:24 PM

I am Electrical Engineer work on test equipment for avionic systems, the spelling thing is funny because I’m working on a 60 page proposal right now, thank god for spell check.

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !

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beezeroni

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#12 posted 03-04-2015 03:44 PM

Awesome bench, I’ve been looking around at different ideas for when I build mine, and I will definitely be using the pipe clamp idea.

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pastorglen

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#13 posted 03-04-2015 04:06 PM

That’s a nice looking bench.

I didn’t see this addressed in any of the posts, but is there any concern in using treated wood for a workbench? I wonder about the chemicals used and their affect on personal health and the health of the tools.

Nice bench, though. I really like it.

(And since we seem to be scholars here now, I’ve added one grammatical error to this post—just for those who need it.) ;-D

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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oldrivers

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#14 posted 03-05-2015 10:50 PM

Very nice bench will serve you many years. The release treadle for the bar clamps is a real slick trick I like it, (good work.) Congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Eddie_T

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#15 posted 03-13-2016 08:19 PM

Nice bench and re-purposing of wood. BTW you’re not alone, a LJ search for draws gets several hits of like usage.

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