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Project by woodshaver Tony C posted 06-24-2017 03:24 AM 10654 views 29 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

35 hours later and now I have me a nice and well needed work bench. I saw this design on the North Carolina Woodworking forum page (my Thanks to Ken for posting his design). There were no plans that I could see but I thought I could work this out with the three photos that were posted by Ken.

Here is a link to the 3 photos I found that inspired me to build this workbench.

I made my bench 65” L X 33” W X 32 ” H. I used all KD 2” X 4” studs. Low cost works for me! :). I got the retraction part working with little difficulty. A little finessing and I got everything working smoothly. The bench weighed in at 170 lbs. I still need to put a finish on it. But I’m very happy with the results!

Hope you all like it! Give me your honest opinions…

. MORE PHOTOS HERE https://flic.kr/s/aHskXLUhvf
. Update.... Added a Shop Fox Vise and drawers
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Correction, 3” casters

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-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 06-24-2017 03:30 AM

Very Clever!. Can you add the link to the design in the project description? That would be helpful for those of us looking to adopt it. Thanks for posting.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 06-24-2017 03:34 AM

Tony,
Sort of Kiefer-esque? Looks like you can move it anywhere you want . retracting wheels is positive . My bench has casters and wood braces tho keep the bench to the floor. Yours is probably more efficient. Hope it serves you well.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 06-24-2017 03:36 AM

Very cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 06-24-2017 03:39 AM

Tyveboy, I found this design on a Forum and all I saw was 3 photo of his unfinished work bench. You will get more info from my photos. If I knew how to use Sketch up I would draw up a plan but that is way over my head.
This is a link to what I found and how I got my bench worked out. https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/showthread.php?t=16400

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 06-24-2017 03:49 AM

Quite interesting and challenging project. True engineering work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 06-24-2017 04:18 AM



Tyveboy, I found this design on a Forum and all I saw was 3 photo of his unfinished work bench. You will get more info from my photos. If I knew how to use Sketch up I would draw up a plan but that is way over my head.
This is a link to what I found and how I got my bench worked out. https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/showthread.php?t=16400

- woodshaver Tony C

Very NICE… I saw the link on NC… too bad the thread is Closed….

Very COOL mechanism… wish there were more details on it… Looks like you have ONE Huge dowel section going end to end to control the Casters at each end from either end! COOL!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 06-24-2017 04:19 AM

Thank Tom!
Being compared to Klaus is a huge compliment but his shoes are way to big for me to fill. But I do try hard and sometimes I get it right….


Very cool

- Monte Pittman

Thanks Monte,
After I got the retraction part working I must have said ” How cool is that” about 100 times.

Thanks Ivan,
I can’t take credit for the idea but getting it worked out without a plan was a very satisfying. The 3 photos gave me some idea of how the measurements should go. Then with a few adjustments I got it working.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 06-24-2017 04:22 AM

Thanks Joe, I have many photos if you wish to see more let me know and I post a photo for you.
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-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 06-24-2017 04:31 AM

Very good photos…

How about the ends… just screwed in place so you can insert the long Control piece… and fine-tune and maintain it?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 06-24-2017 04:39 AM

Joe, I used 5/16 bolts and lock nuts. The bolt go through the bushings. and that make the pivoting arms. the short stick with the 3 screws in it is just a stop. The video shows that in progress.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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ZAGREB

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#11 posted 06-24-2017 05:38 AM

cool idea Tony
Is mechanism made from hard wood?
I´ll copy you for sure
Thanks for sharing

-- bambi

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steliart

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#12 posted 06-24-2017 06:20 AM

very nice workbench my friend but your retraction system looks very cool, easy to operate and functional … Very well done Tony !!!

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

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#13 posted 06-24-2017 06:58 AM

WOW!

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#14 posted 06-24-2017 07:44 AM

Excellent, Tony. Now, how ‘bout some vises?

-- Mark

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#15 posted 06-24-2017 07:46 AM

I like it, Nice work. Looks great…....

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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