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Project by cmmyakman posted 02-14-2018 06:52 PM 1321 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a modified version of the Woodsmith Magazine Scissor-Lift Workbench (Vol. 37 No 217 page 20). It’s embarrassing, but when I started the project, I was focused on how this was going to be a great downdraft table. Even though it says it in the title of the magazine article, I didn’t realize until I was almost done, that this is actually a workbench as well. With my Roubo having been completed, the workbench capability isn’t really needed, but it’s nice to have it.

At the link below are some detailed pics showing the build process:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SOeyB7lahJJDZrZJ2

The differences between my build and the Woodsmith design are I used:
- Larger vacuum duct (required making the box of the table taller)
- Wye duct connector to connect the dedusting aspect to the random orbital sander (versus just one straight connector to the table)
- The next larger sized vise on the end of the table (since the box was taller than the original drawings called for)
- Door on the side of the table to access underneath it in case anything falls through the holes
- 3 layers of 3/4-inch thick MDF for the table top, while I believe the design calls for 3 layers of 1/2 inch thick MDF
- Bigger slots on the table top so larger clamps would be able to fit through
- Drilled a hole to one side of the tale top to allow the bent rod that supports my rotary tool’s motor to be part of the table. The rod is easily removed if you need the whole table top.

I was interested in the Scissor-Lift aspect as well, in that sometimes I need to lift heavy things. I did use it a couple of times at the beginning, when I had the Grizzly table by itself, but haven’t used that capability since building/installing the workbench/downdraft addition.

This is the scissor lift I used (I paid $297.31 on Amazon a little over 3 years ago – unfortunately it appears that it is no longer available, I saw online that Walmart used to have it for only $188!! &$%#):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M64S8C/

I took the foot pedal off from the scissor-lift. You will as well after you “kick” it with your shin a few times. I’m pretty sure that I drew blood before I finally got wise.

You can use any scissor-lift, you just have to adjust the drawings for your table top size. If you do get a scissor-lift or look for “hydraulic table” I recommend that you look for one that allows all 4 wheels to rotate around their base, versus just two, as it will be easier to move the table around your shop floor.

In addition to sealing the inside of the box with clear caulk (goes on white as shown in some of the pics), I put cork on the inside surface of the door to seal potential leaks when drawing the vacuum.

I used poplar for the trim around the MDF and the base box. The MDF soaked up almost 1 full pint of Danish Oil for the finish. The whole time I was making the table I was wondering why I didn’t alter the plans and use Maple for the table top versus MDF? I still wonder about that.

I had to use an angle grinder on the outer top surface of the vise (the side with the adjustable bench dog) as it was a bit higher than the opposite side of the vise. The whole time I was grinding I was thinking, “You get what you pay for.” If it had been a Wilton vise (versus some cheap Chinese thing), it probably would have been perfect from the get-go. It’s kind of a cool vise though as it allows wood to be screwed to the faces (I used maple) and by throwing a lever, it disengages the screw which allows you to quickly pull the adjustable bench dog side of the vise out or push it in, saving time, human energy and valuable curse words.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 07:19 PM

Nice build. I saw Grizzly has discontinued this item. Reached out to inquire if more will be coming or newer model is on the way. No we wait…. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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cmmyakman

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 08:52 PM


Nice build. I saw Grizzly has discontinued this item. Reached out to inquire if more will be coming or newer model is on the way. No we wait…. LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

Thank you for the comment. You don’t need the Grizzly hydraulic table as really any manufacturer will do. Look on Amazon, Global Industrial or eBay. You may have to tweak the Woodsmith drawings, depending upon the table size.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 07:17 AM

Maybe not a work bench if you have a Roubo build, BUT as an assembly table this would meet and greet any sized, height of project and allow you to assemble without getting on a ladder for a taller project, or crawl around on your hands and knees for a shorter project.

Thanks for all the pics, and info on this project that I imagine a few others will duplicate.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 07:19 AM



Nice build. I saw Grizzly has discontinued this item. Reached out to inquire if more will be coming or newer model is on the way. No we wait…. LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

Amazoo has a number of styles, weight limits, and sizes. Plus Harbor Fright has one very much like the Griz.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 04:44 AM

I was thinking it would be nice as a assembly table as well. The ability to bring the work to a manageable level is appealing.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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