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Project by Micheil posted 1300 days ago 2845 views 19 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bench top bench from plans from the March/April 2005 issue of Fine Woodworking. Since I only had enough 8/4 Maple for the vice I made the frame from 3/4” Maple and face glued all the pieces. I also used some scrap Brazilian Cherry for the end frames. Although not shown, I made a holder for the bench dogs when not in use. Hopefully this will save my back when doing detail work.
Additional note: I glued 150 grit sandpaper to the bottoms of the legs so when clamped to my bench it does not move at all.

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV





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Orion Woods

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#1 posted 1300 days ago

I’d like to make one of these someday too, think it would be very useful! Good job Micheil!

-- Brian

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Mark

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#2 posted 1300 days ago

Micheil, great job, that is a sweet-looking bench. I don’t have back problems (yet?) but I’m thinking that higher position of the work could help with seeing also. No more bending down to get the eyes closer to the ruler, etc. How do you fasten it down to the main bench? Are a couple of bar clamps solid enough?

By the way, the plans are apparently free. Found them here in case others are interested.

Enjoy your new bench!

-- Mark

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1300 days ago

Very nice, made one a few months back and its a handy little unit. Nice work enjoy…BC

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StumpyNubs

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#4 posted 1300 days ago

Nice work- looks like a great idea for my shop- Thanks for sharing!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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CoolDavion

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#5 posted 1300 days ago

Mark’s link got messed up, it should be http://www.finewoodworking.com/FWNPDFfree/011176038.pdf

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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ChuckV

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#6 posted 1300 days ago

You did a great job on the bench. Thanks for sharing this idea.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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smitty22

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#7 posted 1300 days ago

Thanks, I really need one of these since my primary bench is a B&D Workmate.

Very nice job on your version.

-- Smitty

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Tim29

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#8 posted 1300 days ago

These are so cool. I have wanted to make one since I saw one in my shop improvements book. Great work.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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Don

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#9 posted 1299 days ago

Very cool! There are a lot of times when this would be very handy for me to have!

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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stefang

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#10 posted 1299 days ago

Your bench turned out great, I sure like that clamp. Very handy.but I wonder if it can be clamped to the work surface, (bench counter, etc.)?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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twokidsnosleep

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#11 posted 1299 days ago

Thanks for posting this and the article from FWW
Appreciate it, nice little bench

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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