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I have been looking for inexpensive ways for securing the front vise jaw for a bench top work bench. I really like the ACME threaded rods with cast steel wheels kit but that option was way out of my price range. After months of searching for something to use I found two sets of wood screws at the local flea market ($2.00 a set). Prayers answered and with no more excuses….I got to work.

Using some scrap oak, maple and walnut I wanted to make a work surface that would bring smaller more detailed work up to me, my main “focus” was to reduce the strain on my eyes and lower back. The height of the bench top is just under a foot but it really makes a huge difference in my stance as I am 6’5’’.

The copper plate on the sides is from scrap sold by the pound at the local recycling yard. I know it may be a little over the top but it was fun hand shaping and polishing the plates. I’m interested to see how they age over time.

-- Russell , Indiana County, PA

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#1 posted 840 days ago

I am not sure I grasp how it works but it is beautiful. The wood screws are much better looking that anything you could have bought in steel. While I am a few inches shorter than you (6’ 1”), I understand the need to raise things up. Whoever decided std counter height was 36” must not have been much over 5’ 6”.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#2 posted 840 days ago

very nice craftsmanship

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory

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#3 posted 840 days ago

Wow that’s a beauty Russ very nice and innovative.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 840 days ago

Nicely done, Russell. I can tell that you don’t build anything just for function, but you put a lot of thought into its design and appearance as well!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 840 days ago

With four screws, does this not rack constantly and immediately? Beautiful build, and no need to excuse the use of copper, what a beautiful material

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#6 posted 840 days ago

Great looking bench!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 840 days ago

Nice! I have one of these on my to do list.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 840 days ago

Beautiful job.

-- It is what it is...

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#9 posted 840 days ago


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 840 days ago

Great idea, so its just a mini bench for cutting dove tails and maybe some carving. I like the portable idea.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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Jeff Waggoner

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#11 posted 840 days ago

Very nice. My son built one similar to this a couple years back. We are going to be in your neck of the woods next month for a school companion at Indiana U, PA. He is entering a chair he build for woodworking.

-- Jeff Waggoner,

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#12 posted 840 days ago


I agree with everyone; very nice looking work. I too would like to hear more about the jaw and how it operates – I also cannot figure out what the little “jaw-on-top-of-jaw” is, or how it works.

Please expound.

Again, beautiful project!

-- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

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Chris Campbell

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#13 posted 839 days ago

A beautiful piece – shows how much beauty there can be in a well-made tool.

Perhaps you could post a short video of it in action?

-- Chris, Minneapolis

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#14 posted 827 days ago

very nice piece…..........I have something like it….it fits atop my bench…........yours is much nicer

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#15 posted 792 days ago

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to You might win!

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