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Project by poopiekat posted 1232 days ago 5291 views 29 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With a tip of the hat to ‘tinnocker’ who recently posted his Moxon bench. This bench incorporates some of his ideas along with several of my own and some tried and true details. My objective mostly was to use up some stuff laying around the shop and also raise my dovetail/endcutting procedures up a notch or two. Here’s an under-construction view: Photobucket
Showing how I used 1/2” pipe clamps instead of threaded stock or acme press clamps. Photobucket
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I used a beech laminated 18” X 30” top that I made long ago and applied the pipe clamps to it. I like the idea of pipe clamps for this application, squeezing the workpiece between layers of a butcherblock sandwich puts no strain on the glue joints between the laminated layers. Though, yes, I did bore holes for bench dogs anyway. Ultimately it may find a home atop that old rollaway toolbox base, it fits well there and I like the mobility feature. The 36” height of the base is perfect for me. I opted not to use a trestle leg design, it is plenty sturdy on 4 block legs cut from the cutoffs of the top.
Hope you like it!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!





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PaBull

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#1 posted 1232 days ago

Hi Poopiekat, with all those beautiful planes on the background I have a hard time looking at the bench.
Nice bench, thanks for sharing.
Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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poopiekat

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#2 posted 1232 days ago

Thanks, PaBull! Yeah, most are awaiting refurbishment, but there’s a few gems that I really like: a Footprint #4, Rapier #400, and a Benchmark #3 size that looks like cheap crap, but man does it cut!! Yes, I am quite distracted by dozens of restoration projects, which will get done by and by. The bench really will solve my vertical vising (is vising a word?) issues, without resorting to a pricey dual-screw vise. I can clamp up to about a 22” panel for dovetail handcutting now! Plus, having two weirdo 1/2” pipe clamps among my Pony 3/4” pipers really freaks me out, glad to put them to use. total cost was about $0.00!! It was a win-win for my workshop, all around.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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mcjibbin

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#3 posted 1232 days ago

Wow! You have even more plane projects than I do – enough to fill shelves. I like.

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1232 days ago

a fine little bench you have made Popiekat and as pabull say its desturbing with that collection
in the background …........LOL

take care
Dennis

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poopiekat

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#5 posted 1232 days ago

Yeah, Dennis, my planes get more comments than the workbench, I’ll have to hide them when I bring my camera into the shop… or maybe I’ll just do blogs about planes instead! Thanks again, everyone for the comments just the same!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 1232 days ago

I’ve been wanting to do something similar.

Thanks for posting—-maybe I’ll get motivated now.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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BigTiny

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#7 posted 1232 days ago

I dig the use of the clamps. Nice repurposing job. Why buy what you can build, right?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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smasher

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#8 posted 1232 days ago

Great idea! Quick question for you – did you attach the face of the pipe clamp to the first block?

Thanks for sharing

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Tinnocker

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#9 posted 1232 days ago

Very Nice popiekat! I love the way you used the pipe clamps. I am very jealous about that rack of planes asI only have 3
awww poor Teddy

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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Brit

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#10 posted 1232 days ago

Nice work Poopiekat. Looks like a really useful addition to your shop.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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CL810

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#11 posted 1232 days ago

looks very functional. I like it!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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FreddyS

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#12 posted 1232 days ago

Nice work poopiekat!, and the pipe clamps adaptation is one idea i can replicate (no way to get a nice vise over here.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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docholladay

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#13 posted 1232 days ago

That’s a cool bench. I have been contemplating making one of these myself, but have been holding off because I either did not want to buy the hardware or the tools to make wooden threads. Use of the pipe clamps is a pure stroke of genius and the 1/2 variety are mucho cheapo so that is perfect. Now to find the right wood to build it out of. Also, nice collection of planes there. I’ve discovered that they seem to multiply once you get started. Unfortunately for me, that also applies to braces, bits, chisels, saws, etc. It is truly a slippery slope we find ourselves on.

Thanks for posting,

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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poopiekat

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#14 posted 1232 days ago

Doc… my planes multiply because ….they’re rabbit planes!! Be sure, if you’re buying cheapo pipe clamps, to avoid the ‘tooth-cam’ tailstock; get the multiple-disc ones for sure, but cheepies are okay, they’ll put massive pressure on your workpiece. Yeah, I SHOULD find a way to keep the pipes from rolling, they’re snug enough to float but they tend to rotate. I was going to drill the pipes under the loose jaw and pin them to it with screws or compression pins. The clamps are nice, they float and you can actually hold a box or something up to 12 inches, well, it depends on how much clamp length you put into it! But I am sure that fastening the headstock to the front jaw would work as well if not better. Oh, and Tinnocker: Thanks for your inspiration!! I tried to think of an ingenious way to clamp things vertically to my bench… this concept is such a great idea!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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steliart

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#15 posted 1231 days ago

Ok, I will not comment on that fine plane collection to the background… Hmm! did I just did :)
very nice benchtop and well build
Thx
Steli

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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