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Project by builtinbkyn posted 03-03-2016 04:31 PM 11059 views 23 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not counting the 9” Eclipse vise, the only materials purchased for this were kiln dried 2×4s used to glue up the top. The walnut used for the rails, end boards and vises and the maple skirt and center board were left over from other projects. The legs and bottom rails are cedar that was left over from a yard project I did two years ago, and the boards use to make the shelf were scavenged from wood pallets. The bench measures 21×80.

It’s far from being perfect, but it was fun to make, especially the wagon vise ala shipwright’s design. The bench design is a bit of this and that. It’s sort of a hybrid between a spit top and a Shaker. That was intentional as I wanted to become more familiar with different joinery techniques that I rarely if ever used prior.

I originally intended to use only wedged and pinned connections, but the top wasn’t cooperating, so that necessitated using 4 bolts thru the top secured to the walnut rails. I performed a few “firsts” in terms of my woodworking experience, in making this. I cut my first dovetails and never having used hand planes before, used them to flatten the top and shape some of the components.

The bench will give me a solid working surface so I can start to use non-powered tools more. It will also serve as a place for me to eventually make a heftier hardwood bench down the road. All in all, I had a lot of fun in making this and am now looking forward to using it to improve my hand tool knowledge and skills.

Link to my blog on building the bench.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)





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anthm27

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#1 posted 03-03-2016 05:38 PM

Hi Mate
As expected it worked out brilliant . Dove tails and wagon vice are awesome, having visited your shop and seen the bench and wagon vice in the making there was never any doubt to the quality of the finished product.
Looks great. Top Job.
Anthm

EDIT If you have time I wouldn’t mind to see some pics of that wagon vices functionality.

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redesigningwood

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#2 posted 03-03-2016 06:27 PM

Beautiful!

-- Mat

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jhurrell

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#3 posted 03-03-2016 07:14 PM

This is exactly how I’d like to do a bench build. I’m also a huge fan of the wedge wagon vise and contrasting wood styles. I really like this build.

Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Rochester NY

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 03-03-2016 08:20 PM



Hi Mate
As expected it worked out brilliant . Dove tails and wagon vice are awesome, having visited your shop and seen the bench and wagon vice in the making there was never any doubt to the quality of the finished product.
Looks great. Top Job.
Anthm

EDIT If you have time I wouldn t mind to see some pics of that wagon vices functionality.

- anthm27

Thanks Anthony. I’ll do that once I get some dog holes drilled in the top.


Beautiful!

- redesigningwood

Thank you Mat.


This is exactly how I d like to do a bench build. I m also a huge fan of the wedge wagon vise and contrasting wood styles. I really like this build.

Thanks for sharing.

- jhurrell

And thanks John. I too like the contrasting woods, but it’s also what I had on hand :) The wagon vice was fun to build. Here's the link to shipwright’s thread on how to make them. He has a link to a Sketchup file you can download, but it’s not dimensioned. Here’s the dimensions I started with. Had to modify them a bit after the fact. If you need a better pic, or the Sketchup file with them, I’ll see what I can do to get it to you when I get home.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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bearkatwood

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#5 posted 03-03-2016 08:50 PM

SaaaWeeeet! Nice job and you don’t have to tell how little it costs, that is just mean;)
Nice Job. I never noticed the flooring was at a 45 before, I really hate your shop and I would be sick to work at that bench with those big windows and the brick… I am so jealous if you can’t tell.

-- Brian Noel

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fivecodys

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#6 posted 03-03-2016 08:51 PM

Great job!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Chem, Central California

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 03-03-2016 09:23 PM

LOL well the place came that way. The floor is also out of whack all over the place. It’s like riding waves and why I needed to put a 3/8” shim under one of the legs. The mortiser is like ballast on a ship :) Thanks Brian.


SaaaWeeeet! Nice job and you don t have to tell how little it costs, that is just mean;)
Nice Job. I never noticed the flooring was at a 45 before, I really hate your shop and I would be sick to work at that bench with those big windows and the brick… I am so jealous if you can t tell.

- bearkatwood

Thanks Chem. I’m tryin’ my best. Hopefully “my best” improves ;)


Great job!
Thanks for sharing.

- fivecodys


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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Nwdesigns

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#8 posted 03-03-2016 09:49 PM

Very nice, thanks for sharing!

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TysonK

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#9 posted 03-03-2016 11:32 PM

Looks fantastic! Love the contrasting details, congrats!

-- -- Tyson

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#10 posted 03-03-2016 11:49 PM

Great job on the bench. I like the mix of soft and hardwoods and overall economical build (though I saw all those new chisels, saws, plane irons, and the like in your blog :) ). I agree that the wagon vise is amazing. Will the wedge ever stick out so much that you’ll hit it when planing? How do you plan on drilling dog holes? I bought a 3/4” spiral router bit for that purpose, and plan on using my plunge base to get as deep as I can then finish with a brace or something.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Mean_Dean

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#11 posted 03-04-2016 12:51 AM

Looks like she turned out very well—and you can’t beat the price!

-- Dean

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#12 posted 03-04-2016 01:03 AM

Looks fantastic! I’m impressed, only $48 bucks! I know your smiling! Great job!

-- 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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builtinbkyn

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#13 posted 03-04-2016 02:08 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice compliments. Reading here and around the net has certainly given me an education and the many superior projects I see posted here each and every day provide the inspiration.


Great job on the bench. I like the mix of soft and hardwoods and overall economical build (though I saw all those new chisels, saws, plane irons, and the like in your blog :) ). I agree that the wagon vise is amazing. Will the wedge ever stick out so much that you ll hit it when planing? How do you plan on drilling dog holes? I bought a 3/4” spiral router bit for that purpose, and plan on using my plunge base to get as deep as I can then finish with a brace or something.

- bobasaurus

Allen, I’ve already experimented with the wagon vise. I clamped a board to the table and then wedged a piece between to plane. It worked really well. I cut spacers of varying thickness just as Paul (shipwright) did and found I can pretty much set the wedge to a height that will not interfere with planing, but I’ll have to see how that will work out with the dogs set in the bench.

As to drilling dog holes, I have a few bits I purchased recently. One is a WoodOwl Nail Chipper auger bit and the other is a Bosch NailKiller auger bit. I made a jig to use with a handheld drill. I also have Forstner bits and router bits in 3/4”. I’ve done some tests with both of the auger bits in some scrap using the jig and both work well with no chipping and I was able to make perfectly plumb holes. I want to see how the plunge router does before I proceed. Maybe tomorrow :)

LOL Yeah I’ve been busy building up my arsenal of tools of destruction. All but one of the planes were eBay purchases that I cleaned and tuned. The 5 1/2 was a curbside find. Here in Brooklyn, people put stuff by the curb for others to claim before they put it out in the trash. I was the lucky scavenger ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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kiefer

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#14 posted 03-04-2016 02:20 AM

What a great looking bench and you showed us that is can be done at very low cost .
I am impressed with the result and love your shop it looks like it’s in an old warehouse or factory with some great windows letting in a lot of daylight .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 03-04-2016 02:33 AM

Hi Klaus and thanks for the kind words. The building is in Williamsburg Brooklyn which was an old industrial center. It has since been co-oped by small businesses, artists and the like. The windows were a big selling point as was the high ceiling. The bathroom being right next door was a bonus LOL

I viewed your video on your leg vise design and think it’s fantastic. You’ll have to package that up so I can put one on my next bench.


What a great looking bench and you showed us that is can be done at very low cost .
I am impressed with the result and love your shop it looks like it s in an old warehouse or factory with some great windows letting in a lot of daylight .

Klaus

- kiefer


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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