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Project by syeret posted 06-19-2012 01:28 PM 4452 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A split-top workbench I recently built. The only cost was the Record vise.
The wood I used was a part of a big shipping crate, I believe it should be pine or some other soft wood.

I haven’t applied any finish yet, and I’m not sure I should add any finish at all.





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mafe

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 01:47 PM

I love it!
Free, recycle and beautiful, what more could one ask for.
This is one of my LJ favorite workbences of all time.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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john2005

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 01:53 PM

I agree. Who knew an old crate could look so good and be so functional.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 02:18 PM

Love the dovetails.

In the 4th picture, those support cross-pieces have those extra widths attached to them but short of either end. I’m confused. What purpose does that serve? It seems like it would add weight to the supports, but not add any additional stability.

Or perhaps it’s a trick of the picture and I’m not quite seeing what I think i’m seeing.

Sure is a pretty bench.

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sb194

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 03:38 PM

Great job. Nothing better than free wood.

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exelectrician

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 05:00 PM

Record vise is so easy to work with. It is a pity that Irwin let the high quality that Record had, go down the tubes.
I like the cost of your bench and I see several FWW trestles in the background, they are great.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 05:34 PM

nice build, and considering it’s recycled makes it even better

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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BigDaddyO

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 06:11 PM

Fantastic. I’m in the process of building a bench that also has an open bottom front. How is the bench with racking? i have been concerned that the lack of a stretcher on the bottom front would allow the bench to rack when plaining boards.

-- www.bigdaddyoworkshop.com

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Michael Wilson

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 07:19 PM

Agreed BigDaddyO. If I could solve the ‘open front racking’ problem with a workbench build I’d very quickly adapt it to make a computer desk that would survive the apocalypse.

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syeret

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 08:30 PM

Thank you all for your encouraging feedbacks.

madwilliamflint, the extra width you are asking about in the 4th picture are cleats attached to the cross stretchers. The top is attached to the base with leg screws going through the cleats into the bottom of the bench-top. In order to allow wood movement, the screw holes in the cleats are about 50% larger as the screw diameter.
I”m attaching two pictures to visualize it.

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syeret

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 08:38 PM

BigDaddyO and madwilliamflint
About the open front bottom. When I designed the workbench I wasn’t sure about how stable it will be without a front bottom stretcher. I was prepared to add such a stretcher in case I will indeed find out it isn’t solid enough.

Luckily, it is not the case. I can assure you the workbench is stable as a rock. I run several tough planing cycles, it doesn’t move at all. This will definitely help me to add some storage solutions beneath the workbench.

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meikou

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#11 posted 06-20-2012 01:57 AM

Very nice and cheap to boot.

I like the Maguire flip over planing stop, been considering that option on my bench.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 06-20-2012 04:02 AM

Nice work! Why is the vise mounted low enough so the dog won’t be of any use?

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

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syeret

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#13 posted 06-20-2012 05:33 AM

TopamaxSurvivor, in the Record vise (probably also in other vises with similar design) the dog height is adjustable. In the pictures here the dog is in it’s lowest position, it can be moved up to grip work-pieces. Yet, I haven’t drilled dog holes in my bench as I haven’t yet decided about the best holes location. IMHO it is one of the toughest decision in a workbench, where to drill the dog holes :-)

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Maveric777

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#14 posted 06-20-2012 11:43 AM

Yeah… Im really liking this one! Very well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 06-20-2012 01:22 PM

Thx,learn something new everyday ;-)

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

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