Benchtop Bench

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Project by Mike Lingenfelter posted 1937 days ago 8545 views 50 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest addition to my shop. It’s a small bench that sits on top of your main bench. I’ve been doing a lot of hand cut dovetail lately, and all of the bending over was tiring out my back. I saw the idea for a small bench in Fine Woodworking awhile back, and decide to build one for myself. My design is a little different, but the idea is the same.

I chronicled the building of the bench over on by blog, if you what to see how it came together. it was quite the adventure!

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#1 posted 1937 days ago

That is a good idea!!

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

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#2 posted 1937 days ago

Comfort is very important, looks awesome too.

-- Be good or be good at it!

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#3 posted 1936 days ago

Okay when can I expect mine to be delivered? lol

Necessity is the mother of invention. Any LJ needs something they make something.

Other LJ’ers see the idea, the idea evolves into something similar to fit their needs.

The only problem: There seems to be limited space in any shop for the ideas that are here.

Great benchtop bench.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 1936 days ago

A very clever, & neat set up. I need something similar for carving.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 1936 days ago

Mike, that is a really clever project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 1936 days ago

Where did you get the mechanical parts? Do you have a picture showing how that goes together?

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#7 posted 1936 days ago

Great idea…nice job

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#8 posted 1936 days ago

Mike, I really like this…I also do a lot of hand cut dovetails…and also get a sore back from all the bending over.

Nice blog too. I see you practice dovetails like Rob C. I have his video series, but would love to see him in person.

Thanks for the post…and the idea.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 1936 days ago

Great Idea well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 1936 days ago

Nicely executed!
I’ve seen the blog on the building of the bench. Very interesting.
What is the size of original bore of the hand wheel you used? May I know where I can buy this stuff.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 1936 days ago

Far out Dude … what a great idea. I especially like the clamping system.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#12 posted 1936 days ago

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Kansas & Woodworm – The ACME screws and nuts were purchase from McMaster-Carr and the hand wheels were purchased from Reid Supply. The original bore was only 3/8” and I need to go up to 1/2”.

Woodhacker – Yes I like Rob’s technique for dovetails. I have most of his DVDs. I have also taken a couple short classes from him. He’s a really nice guy and a great teacher.

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#13 posted 1936 days ago

Thanks Mike for the link and info of the hand wheel’s bore size.
Have anice day.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#14 posted 1936 days ago

Mike that a neat idea.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 1936 days ago

Now that has to be one of the most inovative items I’ve seen in a long time.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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