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Project by Bluenote38 posted 09-24-2017 07:22 PM 1448 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up my workbench

Finally finished my workbench this weekend. Wagon Vise (Veritas Shoulder Vise Screw) on the right end, Wilton on the left, and a 7”x8”x1/2” A36 Steel Anvil Plate inset. The front working section is 12” deep 6’ long. The back is 10”x6’ Undercarriage is Red Cedar. Finish – top is natural, edges and legs are stained with Minwax Gun Stock I had leftover from an Eagle Scout Project then two coats of 50/50 thinned Minwax Polyurethane.

Each bench top is secured to the legs with six 4” “Timber Lok” Truss Screws and he stringers are secured by 4 Bench Bolts from Woodcraft. The bench was designed to be knocked down into six pieces quickly for easy transport when I move (again) in two years.

I was going to install a couple of “T-tracks” but decided not to. I still need to make a few bench accessories like a bench hook, shooting board and a shelf on top of the stringers.

-- Bill - Rochester MI





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-24-2017 09:48 PM

You did a beautiful job on this workbench. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#2 posted 09-25-2017 01:27 AM

The split in the split top seems wider than usual. Is there a reason?

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#3 posted 09-25-2017 02:52 AM

I’m liking that steel plate idea. Nice bench.

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#4 posted 09-25-2017 11:39 AM

Fantastic. I seriously considered the inset anvil. I might still do it!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 09-25-2017 11:43 AM

Nice bench!

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#6 posted 09-25-2017 11:49 AM

nice, i really like the inset anvil too. im also wondering about the reason for the wider than usual split?

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Bluenote38

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#7 posted 09-25-2017 03:44 PM



The split in the split top seems wider than usual. Is there a reason?

- Ub1chris

Hard to say. It’s a copy (from memory) of my grandfather’s bench. He was a patternmaker as well as tool and die from about 1908 when he immigrated to the US until about 1948. His had a well used anvil plate (my cousins and I used to beat all kinds of things on it) and an ancient machinist vice. His was two 6”x12”x 8’ beams set on 8×8s with a handspan gap. He used the gap for clamping/holding/wedging. I use it for clamping/holding, especially casework.

Honestly though, I think Gramps just had a couple of beams salvaged from the old barn and he used them :-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#8 posted 09-26-2017 05:43 AM



You did a beautiful job on this workbench. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Cancer
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


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#9 posted 09-27-2017 05:09 AM

Very nice! The anvil plate is new to me, I have some researching to do…

-- Todd

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Bluenote38

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#10 posted 09-27-2017 10:24 AM



Very nice! The anvil plate is new to me, I have some researching to do…

- Chiaroscuro

It’s a hunk of A36 structural steel (hot roll) that I hand flattened with a set of files. it’s flush with the bench face so I can use it to bend light steel or brass. I use it for peening, riveting, hammer finishing, bearing installation, and anything else that needs a hard surface backing.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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