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I built this split-top work bench based more or less off of pictures I’ve seen of other’s roubo style workbenches. I also built an integral mobile base on it.

-- Pete





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SuperCubber

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 01:51 PM

Nice bench. I like the integral mobile base.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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theoldfart

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 01:55 PM

Good job PPK and I also like the mobile base

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

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 02:04 PM

Nice work on your bench Pete! Like that it’s mobile.

-- 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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#4 posted 03-17-2016 03:54 PM

Great bench and mobile to boot!

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WillliamMSP

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#5 posted 03-17-2016 06:53 PM

Cool! Any details on how you went about things with the wagon vise?

-- Practice makes less sucky. - Bill, Minneapolis, MN

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PPK

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 07:07 PM

William,

Sure, Here are 4 pictures of how I installed the wagon (tail) vise: (Hopefully this works. I’m not sure if I can do this in a comments section)


They are not necessarily in order of how I built it, but I would guess you could figure it out…

-- Pete

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htl

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 08:04 PM

Comment what you will this is your post. LOL
And nicely done I might add!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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thebigmuddy

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#8 posted 03-17-2016 11:38 PM

Beautiful, good looking project. Please forgive my naiveté, but what is the purpose of the split top? I’ve seen them before and I just figured it was for cutting sheet goods. I ask because I plan on making a real workbench soon, right now I just have a solid slab door that I mounted on a 2×4 frame, and I often wonder if it’s really flat.

-- The craftsman is his own harshest critic... Jeff (me)

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fuigb

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#9 posted 03-18-2016 12:06 AM

@^ split top = tray for tools while working. Also, a temporary dumping spot for shavings, sawdust, waste, etc.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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sepeck

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#10 posted 03-18-2016 12:11 AM

What wood did you make it out of? Hard to tell from the picture.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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PPK

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#11 posted 03-18-2016 01:15 PM

Yes, what fuigb said is right, tray for tools and place to catch sawdust. I also like to use it to be able to clamp from the center. For instance, I use my mortising machine on there, and clamp it down on the back side (thru the split top bench) so I don’t pull the machine over. Finally, I only have a 12” planer, so it was a lot easier actually to build it in 2 halves than to build a whole 30” wide top. (I’m not good at smoothing table/bench tops yet)
Thanks for the compliments all.

Oh, and I made it out of douglas fir. Except the vise face – which is a bunch of various hardwood scraps, and the reddish colored wood on the end of the tail vise is made from some bloodwood I had laying around.

-- Pete

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WillliamMSP

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#12 posted 03-18-2016 02:58 PM



William,

Sure, Here are 4 pictures of how I installed the wagon (tail) vise: (Hopefully this works. I m not sure if I can do this in a comments section)
https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476ee7.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476ewu.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476f6q.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476fi1.jpg
They are not necessarily in order of how I built it, but I would guess you could figure it out…

- PPK

Cool – thanks! Just to clarify, you have this set up so that the handle doesn’t move in or out and the nut/block traverses the screw, correct? Is this the tail vise screw that Lee Valley sells? A couple days ago, I picked up a 9” press screw for a similar set-up, but it looks like I’m only going to get 4-5” of block travel out of the thing, so I think that I might have to go with a screw similar to the one that you used, instead.

-- Practice makes less sucky. - Bill, Minneapolis, MN

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sepeck

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#13 posted 03-18-2016 03:18 PM


William,

Sure, Here are 4 pictures of how I installed the wagon (tail) vise: (Hopefully this works. I m not sure if I can do this in a comments section)
https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476ee7.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476ewu.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476f6q.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o476fi1.jpg
They are not necessarily in order of how I built it, but I would guess you could figure it out…

- PPK

Cool – thanks! Just to clarify, you have this set up so that the handle doesn t move in or out and the nut/block traverses the screw, correct? Is this the tail vise screw that Lee Valley sells? A couple days ago, I picked up a 9” press screw for a similar set-up, but it looks like I m only going to get 4-5” of block travel out of the thing, so I think that I might have to go with a screw similar to the one that you used, instead.

- WillliamMSP

William an interesting idea for your consideration if you are on a budget.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/70524

https://paulsellers.com/tag/building-a-workbench/?orderby=&order=asc
video part: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD39949332C7FB168

And this alternative, using a Nicholson style bench: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvhn-PAfEW4&feature=youtu.be&list=UUxJDbA_WDrfeG9C4GJbWoMg

I am probably going with Douglas Fir on mine as well. Currently have ‘working’ bench and projects ahead of I tin the queue, but keeping an eye out.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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PPK

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#14 posted 03-18-2016 03:20 PM

You are correct Bill, the handle stays put. And the block moves. It is indeed from Lee Valley. I don’t know offhand how much travel it is, but there’s plenty… enough to fit at least a 2×10 in there if I wanted to. And that screw is really heavy-duty. If I really cranked on it, I’m sure I could bust up the whole bench/break the dowel handle before damaging the screw.

One final detail that I don’t have a picture for, but added later is I bolted a little hardwood block under the far end (opposite of the handle end) of the screw. The hole it was riding in was a bit sloppy, and the screw/block assembly could wiggle up and down too much. This stiffened it up well. If you don’t understand, I could snap a picture of it and post later.

-- Pete

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WillliamMSP

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#15 posted 03-18-2016 04:19 PM

Thanks Steven – I think that I’ve pretty much decided on a split top Roubo-ish design like PPK’s. Your wedge vise idea is pretty cool, but I’m only on a budget in as much as I can’t justify the $300 outlay for a BC wagon vise at this time; a $40 screw is perfectly acceptable.

PPK – cool, thanks. I think that I understand what you’re talking about on the loose end of the screw. I was thinking that I might bore a hole and either fashion a bushing or maybe even press in a bearing (like a bearing for a bicycle’s bottom bracket), depending on the lay of the land.

-- Practice makes less sucky. - Bill, Minneapolis, MN

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