Benchtop bench

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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 12-17-2015 03:02 PM 2114 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I assume that I got this idea from Woodsmith Shop, but I can’t remember. Could try to figure that out if anyone’s interested.

While the execution came out just fine and I was glad to be able to use the extra vise that I had hanging around doing nothing, I would change the design next time around. It’s too long for my needs and too narrow for stability, based on the height. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad and wobbly, but when push comes to shove (literally) I had to sometimes work extra hard to lock it down well, which isn’t always easy. Also, it’s so large that it’s always in the way and pretty darned heavy and the vise makes it awkward to move around.

In fact, I really like RWE's benchop vise and might try to build that when I get a chance. I like how it’s just wide enough and just deep enough. A good footprint.

I’d really love a way to clamp pieces down left to right, as well as front to back. Really, I’m avoiding the obvious, which is that I need a more robust bench with better clamping options. But still a benchtop bench is nice to have if you can identify the style you want.

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 05:31 PM

Nice looking bench! Maybe you could add some width to the top and feet for better stability. I wish I had some room for a nice heavy bench like this.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 06:42 PM

Hi Todd! It looks awesome :) It doesn’t make working height too high, does it?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 06:54 PM

The height depends on what you’re working on. You wouldn’t want to plane on it, obviously, but for hand sawing, it’s great.

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#4 posted 12-17-2015 10:18 PM

It sounds like your dissatisfied with your benchtop bench. I will be happy to take it off your hands, I think it would be great for my small shop. :)

Let me know if you don’t want it around your shop any more.

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 02:39 AM

Check this out ,it’s pretty good

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#6 posted 12-18-2015 04:08 AM

You might be a redneck if your gun rack has a gun rack on it. You might be a woodworker if…:)

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#7 posted 12-18-2015 04:47 AM

ha ha, look familiar?

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#8 posted 12-18-2015 06:09 AM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 12-18-2015 06:19 AM

Very nice project very well executed!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#10 posted 12-18-2015 08:06 AM

A long while back, I SU’d a benchtop bench that involves a Moxon vise. It’s intended, if ever I build it, to be hinged to the back edge of the workbench.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 12-18-2015 04:18 PM

Very nice little bench, Todd. This gave me an idea to attach a bench vice to a sawbench I am planning to build. More clamps are always good, right?

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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