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Project by Bill Judt posted 2016 days ago 15227 views 56 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OVERVIEW:

• The bench top will tilt from flat to almost 90°

• The bench top will rotate through a full 360° in 45° increments

• The bench weighs around 140 pounds, but might weigh less if lighter wood is used. But weight can be added to the lower legs if so desired

• The bench can be disassembled for moving into six pieces – two sets of legs, a pair of cross members, the tilting mechanism and the bench top. It can be separated into two components for carrying – the bench top assembly and the stand assembly

• You can use fancy metal hinges, or make your own wooden hinges for the bench top

• Other than bolts, screws and a metal spring, there is no need to use any other material than wood for this project. Even the steel rod in the locking mechanism can be replaced with a hardwood dowel

• The power equipment used in this project is common to many shops.

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Here is the WEB PAGE for this bench
PLANS for this bench can be ordered from this web page.

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DETAILS:

• Dimensions: 24” square x 39” tall

• Capabilities: tilts 0 – 80 degrees
and rotates 360 degrees

• Weight: about 140 lbs.

• Materials: Hardwood (in this case, Hickory)

• Tools Required: common shop tools

• Cost of Plans: $15 US, includes s/h

Contact bjudt@sasktel.net for more information.





23 comments so far

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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 2016 days ago

Very impressive. I’ll bet it is something you’d never want to live without now.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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kolwdwrkr

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#2 posted 2016 days ago

Sweet! I’d love to have that to mess my carvings up on. LOL.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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woodyoda

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#3 posted 2016 days ago

VERY nice design…..eventually I’ll have to make one of those…...imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
The only change I might make on mine is to make the bottom legs adjustable for height, in case I want to work on something much thicker or taller….....thank you for sharing…..........................................................yoda

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mtnwild

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#4 posted 2016 days ago

That is great. I can see how that would really make a difference. Love it!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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wood_wench

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#5 posted 2016 days ago

Very nice – I have drawn up plans several times thinking about making one but just have not worked out the details to suit me. And, even though I am sure Lee Valley’s is an awesome bench, I’m not willing to spend $850 plus $150 S+H to buy one.

Just tried to go to your link above – somehow the word “for” has been attached to the address. Just need to delete the word “for” that is showing up just after “html” in the address – then hit go or send and the site pops right up.

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 2016 days ago

Great Job. Do you ever have any problems with the bench moving when you use a mallet, are when your carving a harder wood.

-- Dennis Zongker

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John Gray

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#7 posted 2016 days ago

WOW!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Homers

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#8 posted 2016 days ago

This is a great bench. I can see a real back saver there.

-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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Daren Nelson

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#9 posted 2016 days ago

Now that is nifty, I like it !

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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SteveKorz

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#10 posted 2016 days ago

Wow, gorgeous bench… it looks like it would be incredibly functional…

I’ve been on this post for about 10 minutes… the more I look at this, the more I like it. I could see so many uses for it…. This one is on my list. Thanks for posting it!

Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Mike

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#11 posted 2016 days ago

I love that. When should I expect mine to arrive. :o)

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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dustygirl

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#12 posted 2016 days ago

Wow what a great bench.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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Jimthecarver

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#13 posted 2016 days ago

I see one of these in the near future…thank you for the post.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 2016 days ago

Great work requires good tools as well a talent. Looks like yoiu have both ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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WoodWrangler

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#15 posted 2015 days ago

Thanks, Bill. I’m not much of a carver (yet), but I think I’ll order these plans for the day that I am!

-- Jeremy, Bradenton, Florida

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