My new workbench

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Project by Lee Leitner posted 01-11-2014 08:21 PM 3620 views 20 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been putting this off for a long time. I am working on a jewelry armoire for my wife and I got tired of not being able to hold all the different sized parts still while I worked on them with out setting up clamps and changing them for the next piece etc… you know what I mean.

So I used good old pine for the base and mortise and tenon joinery that makes it very strong and very sturdy. I actually built the mortise in as I assembled the legs from 2 halves and then used lag bolts to pull them together. For the long cross braces I used a key and a long lag bolt to join. This allows me to make adjustments to how the tension affects the “square” of the base. I can always go back and adjust if I move the table to a floor surface that has a different level to it.
The top is maple. The aprons, end caps and vise blocks are all red oak. I used red oak because it is a good in between for hardness, durability and strength. I want a bit of softness in the vise blocks. I know, I know it probably will not make much difference but hey why not.
I joined the top to the base using 3 1/2 inch threaded inserts on each end on the under side and then ran lag bolts up through the base braces and shimmed where needed.
I may add a jack leg to it sometime if I see a need for it bit that is allot of work for something I may only need once a year, we will see how it works out.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 08:30 PM

great looking bench. I need to do something similiar

-- All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 08:35 PM

Nice bench Lee, You’re putting me to shame here. Where did you find enough thick maple to make the top?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 08:40 PM

Awesome bench. When are you starting on mine?

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Lee Leitner

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 08:42 PM

Thanks. When I make something like that work of art strip kayak of yours then we can talk about shame HEH.
Funny story about the maple. I happened across a bowling alley that was putting in a new floor. The old floor was in piles in the back. I asked to see the manager. Someone told him I was looking for a job to haul it off so he paid me $200 to just git rid of it. LOL can’t beat that. I still have 200 board feet of usable left out of 600.

-- Lee

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 09:18 PM

Outstanding bench Lee. Now let me see if I have this right, you have negative expense on the bench build! Further more you have stock for a future build. Where the heck did I go wrong?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 09:48 PM

I like it , Great Job

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Dave Smith

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#7 posted 01-11-2014 10:02 PM

Wow Lee…
Thats really nice .. good job! I look forward to picking your brain when I decide to build one (that’ll be a while though)

-- Thanks! Dave ...

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#8 posted 01-11-2014 11:26 PM

Lee, great looking bench man! I really like it. You should post this in the Work Bench Smack Down thread and tag the project smackdown so it can easily be found when people are searching for work benches.

Also, is that a Millers Falls Buck Rogers I see there? That will probably make you the envy of many LJ members.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#9 posted 01-11-2014 11:33 PM

Looks like a LV BUJ

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 01-11-2014 11:34 PM

Someone PAYED you to haul off 600 ft of maple!? If that doesn’t qualify for a “You Suck” I don’t know what does!
Great bench btw! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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Lee Leitner

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#11 posted 01-11-2014 11:56 PM

richard…old fart is correct its a LV Jack…
Cfrye…I know huh..naner naner…I am glad you like the bench
Dave…any time my cuz

-- Lee

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 12:45 AM

Wow, that is awesome. Love the design.Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 01-12-2014 02:55 AM

I thought it looked like flooring. Did you attatch it to some sort of substrate on top of the legs

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 01-12-2014 12:43 PM

Lee, that’s a great looking bench, and a great story to match it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#15 posted 01-13-2014 10:37 AM

Very nice workbench! Good job!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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