|Project by MJCD||posted 11-09-2013 08:02 PM||5004 views||12 times favorited||14 comments|
Alan Little – aka AskWoodMan – designed and built the original (to my knowledge) version of this – his is much more robust and functional than mine; and I want to give him the credit for designing a very functional bench that is quite different from the defacto Euro-style.
This bench is approximately 100 lbs., 60” by 20”, Hard Maple, and includes two end pipe-vise clamps. This design includes several features: the leg tops can be used for supporting a horizontal board, when used in conjunction with the Festool Domino #10 dog holes – a second feature. The end-vise pads are 1” proud on three sides, to use as a backstop on both horizontal and vertical work.
I’ve added several jigs which provide support both above and behind work laid horizontal on the bench; as well as clamps that are inserted between the two aprons.
I’ve used the bench for the previous 6-months, and I’ll replace the pipe clamps with Veritas End Vises when my schedule allows.
Downsides: I need to determine a way to clamp down, not across: my current approach is to affix an F-clamp to the bottom of the apron, and close-down on the workpiece (laying either horizontal or vertical on the bench); also, the pipe vises are not sufficiently functional – Alan uses a Roubo-style, and I should have followed his lead on this.
If anyone is interested in this – either simply curious or wanting to consider building one – please let me know.
(mjcdorsam at yahoo dot com).
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