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Project by NickyP posted 11-20-2013 10:21 AM 3199 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Bench Top Bench using mortise & tenon joinery (my first M&T work ever) for the legs, aprons, feet, and stretchers. I made a template and routed in the hardware for the vice. I used biscuit joinery for the top and to attach the vice to the top. As you can see in the final picture I’m standing straight up while performing a routing task at a comfortable level.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."





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Steve Tripp

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 11:44 AM

Very cool project. I’ve been looking at a plan that is similar. I think I’ll have to try it out.

-- Steve Tripp, Minneapolis, MN

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aussiedave

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 11:57 AM

What a great project and thanks for the idea and for sharing…

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 12:28 PM

Great idea and nice construct with the M&Ts.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 07:03 PM

Being 6’8” tall, I love this idea. You could even come up with a way to permanently insert dowels into the legs of the top bench and then just drop them into the existing bench’s “bench-dog holes” for quicker set up and removal.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Northwest29

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 07:24 PM

Great project, another one for my in shop needs.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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NickyP

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 10:33 PM

ohwoodeye – THANK YOU for the great idea with the dowels for quicker setup. I’m on it!

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#7 posted 11-20-2013 11:37 PM

Great Job Nicky P!Nice, clean construction. I’m very impressed! Keep up the good work.

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Marty Smoley

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 01:26 AM

Great idea. Being over 6 ft tall this would be great to have. Nice work.

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 04:01 AM

Great job

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 02:19 PM

Very cool, love making joints like this….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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NickyP

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 06:42 PM

Sometimes you just get lucky. The Bench Top Bench lined up well enough to put 3 oak wood dowels in the current holes for my bench dogs from my work bench.

The bench top bench now fits securely on my workbench without clamps. I personally THANK YOU ohwoodeye for your most outstanding suggestion to make this project better. Lunberjocks makes me a better woodworker.

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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ohwoodeye

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 07:19 PM

AWESOME! You’re very welcome. Glad I could help.
Almost didn’t comment on it. Now I’m all proud of myself :)

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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maryceehee

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 07:48 PM

As always, great job NickyP!

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OldBoatMan

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#14 posted 11-22-2013 02:12 PM

Great job. The picture of you working with the router shows that precision work is easier and more effective at chest height than bench height.

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 07:35 PM

Great addition to an already nice bench.

Thanks for sharing.

Chris

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