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Project by kdc68 posted 04-09-2016 11:33 AM 5050 views 15 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured above is what my bench used to look like. It served as a table saw outfeed table and as an assembly table. When I designed and built this, I had in mind replacing the laminate top with a solid maple one someday. I’m always trying to cram more “stuff” into my small workshop. I recently bought a midi lathe, so now this will be a future lathe cabinet top. The bench served me well with lots of storage with the 3 drawers, space above the drawers, and pegboard back.

Project post below of the original bench for more details.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89246

The new maple top is 2” x 24” x 52”. The finish is 1/3rd boiled linseed oil, 1/3rd varnish, and 1/3rd mineral spirits.

I got the idea of the deadman from Shipwright’s V-8 bench. Thank you Paul for the inspiration. Not only does it work, it’s a pretty piece of maple (first photo). The only modification I did to the existing bench was adding a rub strip on the bottom rail (second photo). The deadman stores out of the way on the end’s upper rail (third photo)
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Jig for the large vise collars. I removed the bulk with a forstner bit, then the jig and a router with a top bearing pattern bit.
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Jig for dog holes. I used a Lee Valley dog hole bushing and a 3/4” bit. Took some thought conjuring up this jig, but made drilling holes pretty easy.
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Assembly process photos below
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The vises and other goodies are from Lee Valley. Thanks for looking !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





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jesinfla

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 11:57 AM

That is sweet – nice job – wish I could make something like that LOL

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 12:03 PM



That is sweet – nice job – wish I could make something like that LOL

- jesinfla


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-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 04-09-2016 01:22 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 04-09-2016 01:31 PM

You built yourself a great bench there kdc. Cool idea storing the deadman out of the way. The best thing about having a bench like that is it makes doing things so much easier. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 01:53 PM



Beautiful work.

- Roger


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Thank you Roger !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 04-09-2016 01:54 PM



You built yourself a great bench there kdc. Cool idea storing the deadman out of the way. The best thing about having a bench like that is it makes doing things so much easier. Well done.

- doubleDD


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Thank you Dave !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 04-09-2016 02:01 PM

Great upgrade the bench! You do nice work….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 04-09-2016 02:06 PM



Great upgrade the bench! You do nice work….....

- JL7


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Thank you Jeff !

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#9 posted 04-09-2016 02:15 PM

Impressive craftsmanship! Beautiful to behold that type of quality.

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#10 posted 04-09-2016 02:20 PM



Impressive craftsmanship! Beautiful to behold that type of quality.

- observer100


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-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 04-09-2016 03:43 PM

That is awesome.

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#12 posted 04-09-2016 03:49 PM



That is awesome.

- seventwo


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-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 04-09-2016 04:52 PM

Very nice…sweet work!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#14 posted 04-09-2016 04:59 PM



Very nice…sweet work!

- gbear


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-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 04-09-2016 09:49 PM

Nice
job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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