Workbench (Paul Sellers style)

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Project by dbockel2 posted 02-07-2016 05:56 PM 2466 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Paul Sellers inspired workbench. After a couple of years of tinkering and some self-discovery, I finally built myself a proper workbench. It took me about a month using the sparse nights and weekend hours that I could. I made it entirely by hand (save for a drill), learning new skills and techniques along the way (particularly in hand plane, chisel and hand saw use). I had a great time building it, making, correcting and learning from mistakes along the way. If interested here is the blog I wrote as I built to track my progress.

Final dimensions of the bench are: 61”W x 16” D x 38” H

I still need to install the Jorgensen vise (pictured). Hopefully tomorrow…

Now the question is, what to build?!

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 06:41 PM

Nice bench. Will the Jorgy be used as an end vise?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 06:56 PM

I plan to use it on the front/left side so it mounts flush to the benchtop once I put liners in the jaws. I left room for an end vise option under one of the bearers but have not really given it much further thought yet.

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 05:44 PM

Awesome. I have one just like it… It works great, and I am very happy with it. Building mine almost killed me… Hard work to do this all with a #5.

But I tell ya I wasn’t scared of hand chopping mortise and tenons anymore after the build.

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 02:02 AM

Well shoot. The Jorgensen vise won’t fit—at least not where I want it to. I have a 9” gap on the end. The Jorgensen vise is 7”. However it has flared mounting posts that make it 10” wide on the part that needs to mount to the benchtop. Darn.

Note the difference in the mounting holes. Jorgy is flared. Probably makes it more stable but I don’t want to put the vise in the middle of my bench.

Well, the good news is that the Eclipse 7” vise is on sale at Woodcraft for a fraction of the cost of the Jorgensen. Frankly, I don’t know the difference because I’ve never had a woodworker’s vise. I just liked the Jorgensen because it was black, had a wooden handle and sounded like a German feat of engineering…

Now I have another excuse to go back to Highland Hardware!

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 06:43 PM

Final Product. Works pretty well. I did (frustratingly/annoyingly) have to put a couple of shims in to ensure that the bench is completely stable. I don’t know if my floor is uneven or if it is just the bench. Oh well…

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