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Finally posting my first project: my workbench

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Project by AM420 posted 07-02-2018 02:46 PM 1831 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is based on the Steve Ramsey Weekend Woodworker program. The first projects is the BMW: basic mobile workbench. Mine is a not-so-basic mobile workbench with some changes I made.

- extended base to 48” wide and top to 72” wide. Probably should have been 52” or 56” base for that top.
- top is 2 laminated pieces of 3/4” plywood, but I added a hardboard top the can be popped out and replaced. Also edged the top with 1×2” pine that can also be replaced it it gets beat up.
- added a 9” bench vice with hardwood in the jaws to prevent wood marring. Oversized the wood in jaws to 12” wide
- added bench dog holes to the top and vice, and made some quick bench dogs with scrap pine and 3/4” dowel. I’ll make some better ones later.
- added some peg board to one side to store a few items I reach for a lot.
- added scrap strips of pine with a small rabbet to hold squares on the frame.
- Used Total Lock casters from Rockler. They’re more expensive but well worth it since they lock the rolling and swivel to keep the bench completely stable when locked.

I probably need to find a way to brace the side with the vice since it’s very heavy and will probably bend the top over time. In hindsight an even wider base may have made this unnecessary and added shelf space.i may just Slide the whole top over so the vice is right next to the base frame and screw the underside mounting blocks to the frame. The top is held on with screws and cleats underneath so it would be quick and easy.

I appreciate any tips or constructive criticisms and will help me learn and have a more useful bench.





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Joe

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 04:33 PM

That’s a great looking bench, you did a super job. Very versatile, should be a workhorse. Thanks for sharing

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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AM420

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#2 posted 07-03-2018 01:10 AM

Thanks. Eventually I want to have a bench with a beefier top, but this should be more than enough for now.

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Rick S.

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#3 posted 07-03-2018 02:24 AM

Very Nice and Well Done!

Rick

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1965scooper

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#4 posted 07-03-2018 02:40 AM

Nice bench. I’ve made two, based on Ramsey’s basic design. No casters under mine. My main bench rests against the back wall of my garage. With tools stacked on the bottom shelf, it isn’t moving. Maybe ever.

One regret, my vise is too wimpy. It works, but I’m suffering from the “buy cheap, you buy twice” rule.

Question: Are you left-handed? Most benches have the primary vise on the left side, so as to more easily accommodate a right-handed woodworker.

-- 1965 Scooper

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AM420

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#5 posted 07-03-2018 02:43 AM



Nice bench. I ve made two, based on Ramsey s basic design. No casters under mine. My main bench rests against the back wall of my garage. With tools stacked on the bottom shelf, it isn t moving. Maybe ever.

One regret, my vise is too wimpy. It works, but I m suffering from the “buy cheap, you buy twice” rule.

Question: Are you left-handed? Most benches have the primary vise on the left side, so as to more easily accommodate a right-handed woodworker.

- 1965scooper

Thanks. I am left-handed, so I thought I’d give it a try to have it on the other side.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 07-03-2018 03:28 AM

Nice looking bench.

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

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 07-03-2018 01:03 PM

You did a fine job on this workbench and it will be a fine addition to your shop.

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

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 07-03-2018 02:25 PM

Stellar job on the build of the work bench…..All shops need/ or have to have a good solid bench to do their work on…..As long as you don’t get any racking front to back and side to side, especially if you use hand tools like planes, saws, etc…...you’ll have a good bench…..The first one is always one to be proud of….!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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