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Project by Matthew posted 206 days ago 1508 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to building a traditional style workbench. It is made of laminated 6/4 poplar. I intended to do maple, but due to an issue with my lumber source, it would have taken another month to get maple, so poplar won out. The dimensions are 27”x 60”x 2.5” thick. Weighs about 350 lbs.
I got the hardware for the front and shoulder vice from Lee Valley, the shoulder vice was definitely the most challenging part of the build, as there were no instructions provided, and while there is some guidance on the internet and from a Fine Woodworking article, I decided to just engineer it on my own (being an engineer :p)

I finished it with some Shellac. A second function of the bench will be serving as an out feed table for my table saw. I am using 3/4” bench dogs, I got some 4” long brass dogs from Gladstone Tools, for a good price. Used some leather on the jaws of the shoulder vice for some softness.

So far, I am very happy. Here’s some more pics

Vice internals.

Previous work benches(if you could call them that)!

-- Matthew, South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...





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Core2

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#1 posted 206 days ago

Great build. I like the poplar.

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CL810

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#2 posted 206 days ago

Well done!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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jerif

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#3 posted 206 days ago

Very nice! I would say you took a huge leap forward!

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xraydav

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#4 posted 205 days ago

Beautiful bench! Excellent craftsmanship. How did you get the strength needed in that shoulder vise?

-- David, Norwood Mass, xraydav@aol.com

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 205 days ago

Great bench….

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

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Matthew

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#6 posted 205 days ago

Thanks for the comments.

David, I made the shoulder vice out of a solid lamination, and then hogged out grooves for the vice guts by hand. I cheated a little on the L-shaped part of the vice and went with 4” screws instead of a dovetail joint.

-- Matthew, South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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Rick

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#7 posted 205 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Beautiful Work! Thanks For Posting!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 200 days ago

Looks great and sturdy, very nice set up. It will serve you well for a long time. Great job!

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