|Project by JerryinCreek||posted 05-20-2015 09:13 PM||17735 views||33 times favorited||9 comments|
I saw this accessory workbench, designed by Jeff Miller, in a Fine Woodworking article (3/21/08). This bench can be used to elevate work to a more comfortable height for handwork such as routing, cutting and carving. This unit was constructed from Ash and the top is 24” wide.
The vise is made using veneer-press screws, but the original design does not allow the vise jaw to open automatically, although the designer suggests using shaft collars to make it automatic. I honed-out some shaft collars and counter-sunk them into the front jaw. I then drilled a small hole in the bottom of the jaw so I could access the collar’s Allen screw (see photo #5).
Photo #6 shows construction detail of the leg and stretcher joinery. I counter-sunk the bolts into the face of the legs for a cleaner look. I added a nylon washer onto each veneer-press screw for smoother action.
An added benefit is the portability of this bench. I’ll be able to take it outside and enjoy working in the sun!
-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."