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Project by Tim Royal posted 01-24-2017 08:51 PM 5984 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually finished this project about a year ago and have started this upload about 3 times. The title is quite literally true. The vises are nearly all of the cost… a scaffold jack screw (ala Dema) leg vise ($26) and a veneer press screw wagon vise ($15). All of the Lumber used for the build was salvaged at no cost except 2 boards. The top is a glued up sandwich made from multiple man made materials for weight and stability with a 4/4 hardwood (from a table top) hand planed surface. It is 4.25 inches thick and the bench is nearly 200 lbs… it will not move when planing chopping… anything. There is also a Maple plane stop on the left end of the bench. Most of the wood is SYP from a huge pallet with some 100 plus year old growth Doug Fir. The Dark accents on the Tail vise end are pieces from a Pallet used to pack a Ketch from South America… beautiful dense and straight… wish I had more. Most of my construction and design is a hodge podge with Paul Sellers and of course, “the Schwartz” getting a great deal of the credit.

Additionally I built a rolling tool chest that goes underneath from Maple plywood, a Walnut burl veneer tabletop and some 100 plus year old reclaimed Doug Fir. The casters are steel wheels to handle the weight of the tools and the bench. I simply lift the front and back of the bench onto 2×4’s that sit under the H-Frames and on top of the tool chest this enables me to roll the bench where I wish. The chest will be a later project when I have properly built out the insides of the drawers. I have included it because it is the rolling base for the bench, though it cost nearly double what the bench cost to make, it is still primarily recycled materials.

The end result was far better than I imagined. I cannot believe it has taken me so many years to build this beauty as it has taken my woodworking to a totally different level.

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton





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#1 posted 01-24-2017 08:59 PM

Nice compact workhorse! 4” thick top! What a beast!
What are the overal dimensions?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 09:02 PM

Well, I’m quite impressed … GOOD JOB!

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htl

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 10:28 PM

Nicely done and just my size.

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 10:30 PM

sweet!!!

-- dsb

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#5 posted 01-24-2017 10:34 PM

Thanks guys! Overall it is about 4 1/2 feet long with a 21” top and about another 5-6” to the back apron. The top sits at about 37 inches as I am about 6 feet and that was a comfortable planing height for me. The apron is flush with the 4×6 left front leg while the other legs are housed in the double thick aprons. It is a great bench and fits my space well.

Only downside is the size… This is what it truly looks like most of the time… LOL

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#6 posted 01-24-2017 10:58 PM

That is a nice workbench and at $61 what a great bargain. It will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 01-25-2017 01:48 AM

Nice.

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#8 posted 01-25-2017 12:24 PM

Very nice work bench and a BIG bang for the buck, great job!

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#9 posted 01-25-2017 04:06 PM

nice and compact. i need one..looks like a fun build

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#10 posted 01-25-2017 06:04 PM

For me if I have three table in use I have three messes. LOL
I make one mess then start on another table and do it again, but it all comes off in the end. :-]

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#11 posted 01-25-2017 07:09 PM

very very very nice

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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#12 posted 01-26-2017 01:04 AM



For me if I have three table in use I have three messes. LOL
I make one mess then start on another table and do it again, but it all comes off in the end. :-]

- htl

This totally made me laugh, but I have to say it gets cleared quickly when I need it since this is my#1 tool. Think of it like this… When you need your table saw it gets cleared.

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#13 posted 01-26-2017 09:30 AM

Great job! A tiny bench on the first look, but a great helper in reality. And that’s all what counts for me. I really like all those shiny benches made from the most expensive wood that look much better than our best furniture. But I would never be able to work on one of those. The first ding or dent would be pure horror.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#14 posted 01-27-2017 03:03 PM

Very nice bench, I think you did a great job regardless of how long it took you to complete the project

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#15 posted 01-27-2017 03:29 PM

Great Job Tim

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