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Project by Kirk posted 07-08-2007 09:30 PM 5004 views 16 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have updated the workbench with this Leg Vice.

I have made a ratcheting dievice that allows the vice to clamp tight.

I haven’t put the ratcheting dievice where I want/need it because I want to hide it in the streacher.

I am working on plans to retrofit it plus I might have drawings of the whole bench. That is pushing it.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 07-08-2007 09:51 PM

it’s so beautiful.
A great reminder as to why we love wood.

Lovely

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 07-08-2007 10:38 PM

Looks great! Question: Are the stretcher/leg joints reinforced with screws?

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

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Kirk

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#3 posted 07-08-2007 10:59 PM

Charlie,

Not the stretchers are not screwed. I just that Titebond Polyurethane Glue. It fills my voids and seems to be stronger in my option.

The tenons aren’t the best in the world, but they fit. The glue makes the difference.

I made a garden bench. It never sits level on concrete, and has always this little rock ever since I built it four years ago in Michigan. Now here in New Mexico, it is still solid.

If I did use screws, I would have used lag screws. One reason strength, or maybe to take it apart.

This project after all is what I make best. Out of 2” by’s. Now with a New Mexico ‘Twist’.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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darryl

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#4 posted 07-09-2007 12:10 AM

looks nice and solid. I need to build myself another bench…

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TheGravedigger

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#5 posted 07-09-2007 12:52 AM

Looks like your approach is very similar to mine. I hope I’ll do as well. I have my top finished, but am in the middle of making the base. What did you use for a finish? Did you do the same for base and top?

I used the large Chinese quick release vises from Woodcraft. I’m sure the German Ulmia’s are superior, but at twice the cost and, like you, cost was a consideration for me.

Chapter #4 of my blog shows how I implemented the vises on mine.

Great looking bench!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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Kirk

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#6 posted 07-09-2007 01:56 AM

Favorite name of nephew’s Monster Truck. Saw it once outside of arena and he was very happy.

Finish how about none. I hate to paint, or do finishing work. Hate clean up. If anything I will use Tung Oil or something like that.

As for the vice, I think that Chinese will work well enough for me.

Oh yes, got to add holes for hold-downs.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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oscorner

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#7 posted 07-09-2007 02:51 AM

Nice strong looking bench. Heavy top will withstand years of service.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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TreeBones

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#8 posted 07-09-2007 06:00 AM

There’s nothing like a good work bench. Yours is great! I like it.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Dorje

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#9 posted 07-09-2007 09:09 AM

You guys and your benches!

Kirk – you’ve done a really nice job on this…

I need a real bench!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Kirk

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#10 posted 07-09-2007 04:03 PM

Dorje,

Could explain ‘real bench’?

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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Dorje

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#11 posted 07-10-2007 01:26 AM

Yours is a “real bench” – if you look in my workshop pics, you’ll see my bench: sturdy base, but flatsawn 2X stock layed flat with a layer of 1/4” ply over the top. Very rough, not a good flat reference surface. Again, I need a real bench! (like yours and others!)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Kirk

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#12 posted 07-10-2007 04:16 AM

Thanks Dorje.

It is heavy and solid. And now to build some storage space between the legs.

Good luck.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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Dorje

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#13 posted 07-10-2007 08:14 AM

Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do under the bench…have some ideas about it?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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mot

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#14 posted 07-10-2007 06:14 PM

Great bench!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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snowdog

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#15 posted 07-14-2007 01:40 PM

I have bench envy :) Dorje said it all ” You guys and your benches! ... I need a real bench”

Any plans to add a vise?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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