Workbench and vise

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Project by Vagabond55 posted 07-11-2013 08:55 AM 4080 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first workbench with vise.
The truss rod construction is used for the base so that I can easily disassemble.
Stacked 2×4 lumber(2 of 10 mm dia truss rods are sandwiched) is used for the legs and end stretchers
(2×6 for the side stretchers) of the base frame. Bottom and top bracing are 2×4 with bolt
The table top is made of 3 particle boards (20 mm thick) stacked with 5 mm thick MDF attached..
The vise is made of European beech and 20mm dia rods and 20mm dia acme screw.
Total weight is about 85Kg (Base=33Kg, Table=42Kg Vice=10Kg).
As always, many flaws but functional as I expect.

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 11:02 AM

Very nice bench….the vice is great…really like the vice… good job

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 02:52 PM

Nice bench, sure it will serve you well! Thanks for sharing…

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 09:09 PM

Now that’s a great bench.

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 10:29 PM

That looks like a bench I would Love! I am not sure what the measurements are, but I am limited for room in My shop. My biggest problem is that every tool that is mounted on a bench has to have wheels. My shop is so packed with stuff, woodworking oriented with woodworking, that I ran out of room! I am also disabled, so I need room to work. That bench is smaller than mine, so I would have room! Thanks for showing it!

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 04:24 PM

On your “truss rod construction” do you have more details on that? Is it simply a threaded rod or something more? How is this anchored/attached like in the photos? Simply driven in?

Nice work!

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#6 posted 03-01-2014 11:54 PM

These threaded rods are run through end to end (one piece rod).
1. Using 1/2” dia core box router bit(half round bit?), cut two dadoes on two 2×4 lumbers from end to end.
2. spread adhesive (I use titebond II)on both lumbers
3. lay rods across the dadoes on lumber
4. stack two 2×4 lumbers ( rods are sandwiched by two 2×4)
5. insert many screws to hold stacked.
Nothing special, very straight forward method.

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