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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 1513 days ago 9198 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, Happy Memorial Day 2010.

Just finished my new bench. This one is a combination of ideas from the various benches I’ve seen on LJ’s.

I wanted something that was very solid but still able to move around the shop easily. After making the wheel outriggers for my Nova lathe, it was time to use the idea on a new bench.

The top is 2 1/8” thick x 24” x 6 1/2’. It’s 36 tall. This has a ton of glue up’s. The top, legs, outriggers for example.

The top is very flat. Mainly flattened with a #5 Bailey plane which is one heck of a great workout. Then I took it to a buddy’s shop who has a 36” widebelt Timesaver sander which is a very Cool Tool! This made it extremely flat and smooth. (Thanks Steve and Winfield!)

I used the Glen Huey method of drilling the bench dog holes. That is, using a spiral up-cut bit in a plunge router. Worked like a charm. Link here: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/Workbench_Dog_Holes/

The bench met it’s criteria in that it’s nice and solid in wheels up position. In wheels down, it moves around very easily. The 5th and 6th pictures shows how the toe kick works, just lift one end and either tap the vertical “holding” board in or out. Real simple.

All this wood was free from a relative and I had the wheels all I have into this is the time, about 30 hours.

Finished with three coats of boiled linseed oil.

Bob A in NJ May 31st 2010

P.S. At some point, I most likely build a new tool chest for the base.

-- Bob A in NJ





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1513 days ago

Hey Bob that looks like a winner those flip up wheels are a cool idea well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1513 days ago

Excellent design and construction, Bob! Especially the wheels.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Hacksaw007

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#3 posted 1513 days ago

Wow, looks better than a store bought one! Nice wood on the top, love the wheels. How goes the job hunt?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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woody57

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#4 posted 1513 days ago

really nice bench
i like the wheels

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 1513 days ago

Awesome bench!! I wish I had room for a dedicated workbench!! Nice job, Bob!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#6 posted 1513 days ago

nice bench!

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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supervato

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#7 posted 1513 days ago

very very cool. you can tell you put some time and effort into it. good job!

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mafe

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#8 posted 1513 days ago

Thats a wonderful bench, real good design.
Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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StevenAntonucci

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#9 posted 1513 days ago

Driving me to finish mine, Bob? Looks like it should be great- push it over by the lathe so you have somewhere to stack tools…;-)

S

-- Steven

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Paulsgarage

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#10 posted 1513 days ago

Very cool idea with the wheels and the table itself awesome. How do the legs that lock the wheels down attach to the bottom of the table? Are they hinged also? I think I just found my next project. Thanks!

-- Paul

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Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 1512 days ago

Paul

Yes, the locking bar has the same type of strap hinge as the outriggers. Just lift the end and it slips into place. My suggestion is to get big wheels like this as they move easily over the floor mats or extension cords.

Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 1506 days ago

Hi Bob;

Nice job on this bench!

It looks real good, andI bet it’s very handy to use.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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