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Project by Mcnervy posted 1122 days ago 2748 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first serious workbench
The top is laminated ash 2” thick
The legs and strechers are 4” laminated douglass fir
I hope to add a wagon vise
I like the current vise arangement and the way i have the leg as part of the back of the vice
I went with three rows of dog holes so that I could tripod clamping inboth directions
Bottom shelf is temp1/2 mdf tack nailed in

Construction took 3 months from first leg glue up to finish. I have 3 kids so there is not much time for my hobby.
I used chris swarcz book as the inspiration. I did feel the need for a hardwood top. I also felt that 4” thick was just too expensive.

I had a huge F$*% up during top glue up. I set up the boards on my waxed caul they all looked great, joint lines were nice and tight I was glueing 4 assemblys of 3 boards each, at one time. I added the glue and started tighting the clamps. EVERY PIECE shifted up on angle.

It turns out My jointer fence was slightly off angle and all my pieces were parallelegrams not squares. luckily after glue up I could joint the pieces and plane them before final glue up. I lost 3/8” thickness on the top, I had planned for 2-3/8 thick.

From now on I will tighten the clamps in my trial fit before I put on the glue.

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#1 posted 1122 days ago

It’s very nice. It looks like it could double as an outfeed table too. Nice work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 1122 days ago

Looks like a nice work horse to me. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 1122 days ago

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 1122 days ago

I’m envious! Nice work hope you enjoy for many many years!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 1122 days ago

good job

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#6 posted 1122 days ago

Nice looking bench, I need to build one of these. What kind of vise our you useing and where did you find it.

-- Mike, Marietta,ny

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#7 posted 1122 days ago

Looks strong, sturdy, and heavy! Nice job!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#8 posted 1122 days ago

Thanks for the comments
The vise is the large front vise from peach tree, the cheap non quick release
Works very nicely

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#9 posted 1122 days ago

Nice Bench, looks to be very sturdy and has some nice features, Your glue up story brings back memories, My very generous brother gave me a precision square set, I use it constantly, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 1117 days ago

Looks good.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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