Homemade workbench

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Project by Alask posted 11-13-2013 10:37 PM 3950 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellows,

Buy a cast iron vise in Brazil is almost impossible (I can order from USA or Europe but they are heavy and the price for shipping can be too expensive).They don’t sell at stores here.

I found this idea at web and decided copy it almost all.I didn’t make the quick realese screw and change some parts I thought to “heavy” and made it at clean appearance.

But the idea of this guy is very nice.

I don’t have a lathe and have an idea to turn the wood cylinder.The way is showed below:

To turn the main cylinder I used my Bosch trimmer router and drill machine to keep the wood turning.Today this router has a plunge base but at that time I used the fixed base and made the cut steps slowly.It was safe,accurate and easy.

The router made a smooth surface and perfect round

How I made the grooves

How I sanded

The spacers keep the cylinder far to MDF walls

The nut

I decided to put two more bars to avoid the jaw bend over a big load.The carpet protect soft wood and delicate materials

The dark wood is denser and keep the bech stable

I screwed this part over leg.

Thanks for attention

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 10:47 PM

Impressive project and unique solutions to getting the job done. Well done Alask. There is one problem though…its too darned pretty to actually work on….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 12:04 AM

I agree. Nicely done. You can use it for a dining room table in between projects. What kind of wood did you use ??

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 12:28 AM

Thanks for your comments,

In Brazil we have more than 350 native species of usable wood.Some are forbidden to cut.

I used two brazilian woods
The dark one is “maçaranduba” ( cientific name is Manilkara amazônica) dense as Ipe
The lighter is “peroba mica” ( cientific name is Aspidosperma macrocarpon) a good quality wood.


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#4 posted 11-14-2013 02:08 AM

Nice workbench, great build. I like the vise too, did very good on this project. Now, don’t drip glue on the beautiful finish.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Rick S.

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 08:42 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 09:25 PM

very nice work, and great job on making that vise!

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