|Project by Fridgecritter||posted 02-07-2013 12:54 AM||1913 views||14 times favorited||10 comments|
My wife bought me this vise bench for around 15 bucks at a discount overstock type store. It has an MDF tabletop with 3/4 inch holes in it, and you put plastic pieces into the holes to hold your work in place while you work on it. You turn the knobs at the same time and it squeezes the table top halves together.
If you have been married for more than a day, you know that you don’t tell your wife the tool she bought you was 15 bucks for a reason. Instead, I opted to modify the table so I could actually use it. The table is a little flimsy, and not very level, but I fixed that by adding shims underneath the tabletop where it screws down to the metal base. The table would only open about 11.5 inches fully extended with the plastic pieces in the outermost holes. I cut some pieces of wood and recessed the screws so projects will sit flat on the workspace. The bottom pieces are poplar, and the part that puts pressure on the projects is plywood. I rounded the outer edges of the extensions just for a finished look, and so the plywood doesn’t chip.
I made a forum topic already asking about what I could add to the wood pieces to make the surface non-stick so the cutting boards will not stick to it, and after much thought, I may screw some pieces of a silicon baking mat to it for that purpose. For now I am using wax paper.
The table now extends to about 15 inches, and is perfectly level. I am making cutting boards on it, and the wife is happy that she contributed to my hobby on the cheap.
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