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Project by gizmodyne posted 2716 days ago 3926 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Functional, sturdy, and a little pretty. I needed to make something quick so I built the bulk of this December 2006.

The 24” x 60” top is pre-made and pre-finished but wrapped with maple. The base is Home Depot Kiln Dried Fir.

I modified the original plan by making the bench a bit taller. Also I used standard lag bolts and washers instead of bench bolts. (frugal?)

The Vise is the Anant copy of the Record 52 1/2”. It is heavy with a sweet quick open feature.

I still need to drill bench dog holes and think about finishing the base.

Picture 1: The bench with vice installed. Notice I screwed up the Maple Trim. I intended have all end grain covered. Live and Learn.
Picture 2: Another view.
Picture 3:Squaring of the bolt mortises via chisel. My shop made mallet in the background

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2716 days ago

Nice .. and yes indded.. a little (or lot) pretty!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Paul

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#2 posted 2716 days ago

Looks great to me!

-- Paul, Texas

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2716 days ago

Nice bench Giz.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bill

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#4 posted 2716 days ago

Good strong looking bench Giz. What color are you going to stain it?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Bill Cowan

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#5 posted 2715 days ago

Looks great. Also looks like you got a bench stuck on your chisel :-) The bench taking a little retribution :-)

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)

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oscorner

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#6 posted 2715 days ago

Great looking bench.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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gizmodyne

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#7 posted 2707 days ago

Bill-

I am not going to stain it. Though some stain has dripped onto the maple. I may just danish oil the base and sides and wax the top. I still need to add benchdog holes.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2707 days ago

Bill-

I am not going to stain it. Though some stain has dripped onto the maple. I may just danish oil the base and sides and wax the top. I still need to add benchdog holes. I also am thinking about adding a cabinet to the bottom with some drawers. Right now I have all of my portable power tools stacked there.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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WayneC

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#9 posted 2707 days ago

Are you going to add a tail vice? I’m also thinking about building a cabinet for mine. I would like to have all of my handtool storage below the bench.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#10 posted 2707 days ago

I am not sure about the tail vice Wayne? I am going to add a simple stop to the left end.

At the shop where I take classes, none of the benches have tail vices and I have not missed it. I don’t do tons of hand work. Mainly I use the vice to hold a piece to trim a tennon or chisel a groove square.

I would want to get the Veritas, but I need to hold off on the woodshop expenses for a while.

What do people use the end vice for anyway?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Karson

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#11 posted 2707 days ago

Giz. Your writing about adding Bench Dogs. if You look at my Mini Bench I have a picture of the Jig I used to evenly space the holes down the bench. here I used 3/4 quarter ply and added a lip on the side to give me the setback from the edge. I then drilled 2 – 3/4” holes with a forstner bit. I then put a dog in one hole and moved the jig down the table drilling as I went. It gave me all evenly spaced holes and the same distance from the edge. clamp a board on the bottom as you drill to cut down the chipping on the underside.

My pictures showes 2 jigs. That was because I had two different spacing on each side.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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gizmodyne

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#12 posted 2707 days ago

Thanks for the tip. I will definitely do that. What type of bit?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Karson

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#13 posted 2707 days ago

3/4” forstner.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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gizmodyne

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#14 posted 2707 days ago

Thanks Karson: I will try to get on it and post some pics.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 1300 days ago

Nice looking workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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