Workbench Upgrade

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Project by ChickenChaser posted 03-27-2016 08:08 AM 1234 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wanting a tail vise for a while now. You can see the change in wood colour from the new addition. The majority is made of pine 2×4, but the screw, and nut are made from bradford pear. The Bradford Pear works really good for threads, I have a BP screw on my leg vise and it has held up really well. I just used a 1.5” wood threading kit from Grizzly or WoodCraft, can’t rememmber where I got it from. It clamps really tight, I can lift my bench before the workpiece comes out. The dogs are made from Pine with hickory springs. The addition has caused my bench to be a little offset, but it doesn’t really bother me too much. I used to have a tool tray in the middle, now there is just room for a 2×4, witch is great because i can lift it up for a planning stop, I don’t think I will miss the tray. It seemed to be more of a shaving catcher than anything, plus when I was planning down wide boards i would have to find something to fill the hole. I don’t think I’m going to miss the tool tray.

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 08:54 AM

I bet, you will see the offset as a plus some day. So this bench will serve you well.

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 09:10 AM

Nice work mate

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 01:15 PM

That is a monster screw, I just ordered the same threader and have yet to use it. I was going to use it to hold down my chair plank, but used a 3/4” thread instead so it would fit thru a dog hole. That vise looks like it is going to be very useful. I like those monster bench dogs too, bet they hold well.

-- Brian Noel

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