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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 1382 days ago 3021 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been working on making my bench more functional and adding capacity and features.

Built this bench in April. Been adding these features for the past few weeks.

Picture #1. Tool chest taken from my old bench.
Picture # 2 New holder made from MDF for nailer, stapler, dado set, chisels, etc.
Picture # 3 Low cost end vise made from 3/4” Pony clamps , short pipes and a piece of walnut. (Most benches can get this upgrade. (Not as pretty as the veritas but cost only about $30.)
Picture #4. Various holding accessories.
Picture # 5. The bench with a shot of the power strip.
Picture#6 Bench without the upgrades.

Bob Oct 11, 2010

Here’s the initial bench link.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32764

-- Bob A in NJ





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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 1382 days ago

great bench and niice upgrades to it, realy close to be a superbench :-)

good luck with it in the future
Dennis

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1382 days ago

Nice upgrade!

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

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1382 days ago

That’s one great bench Bob so well organized and just down right pretty.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Karson

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#4 posted 1382 days ago

Bob A cool set of modifications. I’ve got something else that I use for holding wood on the bench.

I get then pins from Tractor Supply. They are 3/4” and have a ring down from the top so they don’t fall through. You can cut piece of wood that will hold curves and use the pin to hold them.. It’s a great way to hold misc shaped pieces.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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ND2ELK

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#5 posted 1382 days ago

Love to see an organized shop. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 1382 days ago

Karson,

Thanks for the new idea with tractor pins used as bench dogs.

Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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matt garcia

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#7 posted 1382 days ago

Nice storage design!! Man I wish I had room for a work bench!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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TheGravedigger

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#8 posted 1382 days ago

Nice storage. I need to do something like that myself!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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James Lango

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#9 posted 1381 days ago

Great ideas! You turned otherwise “wasted” space into awsome organization! Thanks for sharing..

-- Longovette@Roadrunner.com

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mafe

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#10 posted 1381 days ago

Great bench, and great upgrades.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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BillyJ

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#11 posted 1381 days ago

Thanks for the ideas. You’ve utilized the space exceptionally well. I especially like the dividers – it stops the clutter from happening.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 1380 days ago

Hi Bob;

Very nice bench. Well thought out.

Now you just need to add some vacuum power to it!

That will greatly help the versatility of it.

Lee

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

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clieb91

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#13 posted 1377 days ago

Bob, Some awesome upgrades. I am really curious about the end vice? How did you set that up. I am missing clamping power on my bench and and have been trying to figure out a good set up. Perhaps I can make an adaption.
Thanks for sharing.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 1377 days ago

Clieb,

Hi, The end vise is a thing of beauty, simplicity and low cost. Just 2 pieces of wood. The one you can’t see is a piece of glued up 2’x2”x25” long oak, drilled in from the bottom. Then drill two holes for the 3/4” pipe clamps. The pipes are about 12” long. Insert the pipes, add the bar clamp ends to the back of the 2×2 and you’re in business.

The 2nd piece is a walnut piece I used just to add some color.

-- Bob A in NJ

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SawTooth1953

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#15 posted 1363 days ago

Bob,
2 questions:

1- Can you show a pic of “the one you can’t see”? I’d love to see the hidden workings of the pipe clamp vise.

2- The bench is now solidly weighted… is there any difficulty moving it w/the system you had on there?

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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