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Project by topspin posted 1669 days ago 2521 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my workbench. It’s a hodge-podge of designs. Mainly a mix of Schwarz, Underhill, and Woodsmith designs.

It’s got a twin screw face vice, a wagon vice, and a tool cabinet. Square dogs in front and tool slots in the back.

Base is 2 by material and top is 4 layers of MDF wraped in poplar. Tool cabinet is cherry plywood.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.





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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 1669 days ago

Wow that is a awsome bench. I have a nice bench’ however i want to make mine a little more professional with nice vices like yours. Thanks for shareing your photos.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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woodworm

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#2 posted 1669 days ago

Great workbench very nicely built!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1669 days ago

It is a unique group of features but it looks great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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pommy

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#4 posted 1669 days ago

you should be proud of this bench it is awsome great features

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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stefang

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#5 posted 1669 days ago

This is a great bench with a lot of alternative ways to work. Well done on the build and the design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 1668 days ago

good looking bench that will be the maintool for you the next …....... next generation will now

Dennis

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bigike

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#7 posted 1668 days ago

wow clifton planes nice, yea the bench is good too.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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jcees

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#8 posted 1668 days ago

Lovely bench. Nice execution.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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johnnymo

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#9 posted 1668 days ago

Great job on the workbench.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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Dchip

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#10 posted 1651 days ago

Hi Topspin,
How is the MDF holding up? I’m gathering designs for a cheap bench, and this seems to be a unique, and stable, deviation from other cheap options, such as construction lumber.
Thanks,
Dan

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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AaronK

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#11 posted 1612 days ago

nice! I think this is a good combination. MDF for flat, cheap, stability. The tool slot(s) prevent dust collection like a tray would, the storage underneath is handy… looks really useful.

Have you applied a finish to the MDF? An easy sloshing on of a bunch of cheap poly till it wont hold anymore will make it extremely resilient.

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newbie250

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#12 posted 1574 days ago

Hey there! I really like this design. I’m on a budget ( I guess we all are) and I like how you have hardwood for the dogs and wagon vise and mdf for the rest of the top. Maple and Ash are really expensive where I live so I would be able to buy less with your design. Was it difficult to level the mdf with the hardwood front section? did you just plane it to match? Also did you build some sort of support for the mdf section so it wouldn’t sag?

I like it

Thanks Bryan

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topspin

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#13 posted 1573 days ago

AaronK, I left it unfinished. I’m fairly carefull aboout not doing things on the bench uncovered that would get it too dirty…. but it’s also just a workbench… and a relatively cheap one at that….

Newbie250, There’s a groove cut all the way around the MDF field (I used a slot cutting bit) and a groove on all the apron pieces… and a spline (hardboard) that aligns them together. To ensure they lined up I just cut the wood edging to be slightly oversize, I offset the groove slightly on the wood parts, and then planed the wood trim down to be evel with the MDF. Worked out really well.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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newbie250

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#14 posted 1573 days ago

Thanks for the info…like I said before nice bench

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