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Project by Skippy906 posted 317 days ago 2355 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this workbench, right after I got into wood working. I found the design in a Woodworking magazine, Oct 96. As I recall I spent about $150 on it at the time. This has been a great bench for the last 11 years. My plan was to put a finish coat on it, but never got around to it. (Too many other projects to do, and something always setting on it)

-- Making progress





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azimmer

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#1 posted 317 days ago

I love the tail vise! Very practical.

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stefang

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#2 posted 317 days ago

Looks great, is time tested and you like it. Nothing better! Using parallel clamps as a tail vise seems like a simple but clever idea. What is the vertical board with the bolts on the end used for?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Hellough

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#3 posted 317 days ago

Glad you posted this. Question: Did you use a larger size clamp for the tail vise than the #0 in the plans? I’m thinking of upgrading the size of mine considering there’s an occasional board I can’t quite get to.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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Skippy906

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#4 posted 317 days ago

stefang – Those bolts are what holds the bench together. There is all thread rod to the other end of the bench, it is called a torsion box design. The base of the bench is basically 3 small walls held together by those 2 bolts. So basically could break this bench down and move it if I wanted.

Hellough – The clamp I use was the one called for in the plans, it is a 12” clamp, but had to shave it down with the router to make it fit in the slot. This is a very good idea, but I do not use it that much at all. But its there if I need it.

-- Making progress

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Hellough

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#5 posted 316 days ago

Ah, I see the mixup now. I went with the plans from this link, which was the original posted before American Woodworker took it over: http://www.workbenchdesign.net/WeekendWorkbench_small.pdf

The original plan called for a #0 with an 8 inch opening. I believe that’s something they corrected in the newer plan that you went from.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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doncutlip

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#6 posted 316 days ago

Nicely done, should hold up well

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 316 days ago

This is a very nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Todd Swartwood

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#8 posted 315 days ago

Nice Bench, and best of all it works for you.

Good Luck, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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Skippy906

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#9 posted 315 days ago

I surfed around and found the original plans I used for this bench. http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/03/04/tom-s-torsion-box-workbench.aspx

-- Making progress

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