Classic Inspired Workbench

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Project by Carlos510 posted 05-21-2017 07:24 PM 1896 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a few workbenches over the years, but have always wanted a solid old style workbench with all the clamping options. Playing around in my sketch book the last few years, with different ideas, I came up with a mix of old and new ideas that I am happy with and should suit my purposes of traditional woodworking and pattern making. All joinery is pegged mortise and tenon. The leg vise scissor support is a modified idea from a old Popular Mechanics magazine and the moxon vise will take a 20” panel between the screws. The complete bench comes in close to 400 lbs. and the built in clamp rack will add close to 200 lbs. in clamps. Very solid and stable.

For lots more pictures, the full build is on my site at

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B.,

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#1 posted 05-21-2017 08:26 PM

Serious joinery skills Carlos510:

and Welcome to Lumber Jocks!

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 05-21-2017 10:19 PM

Nice joinery … my hats off! Good looking bench. I like the “moxon” on one side the leg vice and sliding deadman on the opposite side … similar to my set-up! The two end vises is a nice touch as well. The angled “tool shelf” (clamp rack) is killer. Thank, Carlos …. damn-it … now I have to rebuild my bench! LOL! Seriously, awesome!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 05-22-2017 12:40 AM

Thank you for the kind words waho609 and the welcome.

Thank You Ron Aylor, your enthusiasm is encouraging.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B.,

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#4 posted 05-22-2017 01:37 AM

Wow! This bench is a work holding king!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#5 posted 05-22-2017 03:35 PM

This workbench is so nice and it will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-22-2017 05:24 PM

Kudos Kudos and Kudos !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#7 posted 05-23-2017 10:22 PM

Very nice bench, can I ask why the two vises on the one end?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 05-24-2017 02:48 AM

Thank you Belg1960. Yes as mentioned in my write up I like lots of clamping options and this combination delivers. They can be used individually or in combination for large work, with a backer board they are a smaller capacity (12”) Moxon. With backers and the double row dogs they excel at panel and frame clue ups, from small to very large without the bother of large clamp bars. One will solidly hold smaller work, the two will solidly hold much larger work for glue ups, planing, carving etc.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B.,

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#9 posted 05-24-2017 07:31 PM

Carlos, thanks for the feedback it was much appreciated.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#10 posted 05-31-2017 03:52 AM


-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#11 posted 08-08-2017 11:20 AM

Very nice build. Thanks for showing and explaining it in detail. I am planning my own bench and getting some very good ideas. I have salvaged some 8” x 4” Jarrah beams (2×13’ long). Hmm, I am thinking a bit heavy, maybe I will incorporate some pine? A leg vice and a quick action vice is all I will have room for. But, still thinking, planning, planning.

-- Stand in the mess you made, smell the aroma of wood, nod and smile knowingly!

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