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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 01-13-2018 03:11 AM 1460 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need a traditional woodworking bench with all the bells and whistles but cant afford it at this moment in time perhaps the lottery can help out at some point in the near future. LOL
What I do need is a clamping solution other than the Jay Bates inspired Moxon Vise that I made a little while ago, I need to be able to work on all faces of a workpiece, so after seeing a Sjoberg Smart bench in Woodcraft I got to thinking of building my own since I didnt see alot of good reviews for the Smart Bench and it was kind of small and it cost like $150.

I went internet hunting for some inspiration and I can across plans on Popular Woodworking with Mr Miller building a bench-top bench using veneer press clamps for the vise.. I didn’t have these clamps so I used the pipe clamps

This bench is awesome and so far love using it, I didn’t have a huge budget for it maybe $80.00 therefore couldn’t make the whole project out of hard maple with a contrasting hardwood, so I decided to build it using 2×4’s Kiln dried of course and I could use solid oak which I happened to have on hand . needed to buy some more.

If you want more details on the build than what is in this post please check out the blog that I detailed after the build was completed

Here are some more pictures of the build, oh one more thing I used 3 coats of Poly-acrylic finish I love this stuff and I put this on to protect it because of all the abuse I intend on giving this bench anyway, feel free to check out the blog and I have attached a set of my own plans here so if you want to build it , half at it.

If anyone wants a set of my plans you can download them here

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”





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Roger

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#1 posted 01-13-2018 01:07 PM

Very beefy. Should serve you well

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 01-13-2018 03:12 PM

You did a very nice job on this benchtop bench. It can be a fine addition to any shop that needs some of the features that their larger bench doesn’t offer. Nice work!

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

-- 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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icemanhank

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#3 posted 01-13-2018 11:08 PM

Awesome, thanks for posting the plans – it’s on my to do list.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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Chris Cook

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#4 posted 01-14-2018 12:39 AM

Man I like that!! Thanks for sharing such detailed plans!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#5 posted 01-14-2018 01:22 AM



Very beefy. Should serve you well

- Roger


Thanks Roger!!! It’s beefy alright but surprisingly isn’t as heavy as you think

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#6 posted 01-14-2018 01:22 AM



Man I like that!! Thanks for sharing such detailed plans!

- Chris Cook


Your welcome Chris!!! Thanks for looking

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#7 posted 01-14-2018 01:23 AM



Awesome, thanks for posting the plans – it s on my to do list.

- icemanhank


Thank you for looking

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#8 posted 01-14-2018 01:24 AM



You did a very nice job on this benchtop bench. It can be a fine addition to any shop that needs some of the features that their larger bench doesn t offer. Nice work!

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

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 01-14-2018 04:39 AM

Hi ECWC, Great looking little unit. Have been an advocate of these “jigs” for a while now.

Just out of left field. Are the dog holes 3/4” or 20mm. If it is 20mm, while I appreciate the emphasis on cost saving, I have just discovered these gems and as I can relate them with your creation I thought (occasionally) why not mention them as they are new on the market and probably unknown to most,

I have no affiliation with the company/product so I will only mention they are called “Parf superdogs” (Google if interested), however, when I find something I like, I would like to share with as many as I can. I look back at the times I have said “if only I knew about that”...sound familiar?

Hey, If you (or anyone) don’t like… just ignore.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#10 posted 01-14-2018 01:57 PM


Hi ECWC, Great looking little unit. Have been an advocate of these “jigs” for a while now.

Just out of left field. Are the dog holes 3/4” or 20mm. If it is 20mm, while I appreciate the emphasis on cost saving, I have just discovered these gems and as I can relate them with your creation I thought (occasionally) why not mention them as they are new on the market and probably unknown to most,

I have no affiliation with the company/product so I will only mention they are called “Parf superdogs” (Google if interested), however, when I find something I like, I would like to share with as many as I can. I look back at the times I have said “if only I knew about that”...sound familiar?

Hey, If you (or anyone) don t like… just ignore.

- LittleBlackDuck

Thanks for the kind comment.. there 3/4” dogs and I’ll pass on your dogholes as I already purchase some at Woodcraft .. to be honest I don’t see the appeal of them as they don’t have the flat recess on them to allow the dog to sit flush with the wood piece edge

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 01-14-2018 04:05 PM

Rick, they certainly don’t fit 3/4” though that may yet come. The dog comes with a small collar to sit flush in a slight chamfer in the hole. It also comes without the collar and a flat recess interchangeable parts. The beauty of these units is that, if/as the doghole wears through continual use, because of its unique tightening feature (flush knob on top), that slop is taken up and the dog sits tight… very tight. This tightening feature permits fitting from underneath so you only have about 1/2” protrusion.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 01-15-2018 01:39 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 01-15-2018 03:05 AM

a super bench looks to be very nice and solid also …...might i ask what you paid for the parts ….. plus thanks for the great set of plans …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#14 posted 01-15-2018 03:08 AM



a super bench looks to be very nice and solid also …...might i ask what you paid for the parts ….. plus thanks for the great set of plans …GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks I had a lot of the materials on hand like the pipe clamps and 2×4’s but I’d put it at $70-80

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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