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#1 posted 11-04-2012 06:39 PM

I used Benchcrafted hardware, the bench is an amalgam of their plans and those from Schwarz’s “Workbenches” book. The bench is so simple, except for vise install, there isn’t really a need for plans all you need are instructions for the vise or vises you plan on using. If you are going with other than Benchcrafted vises I’d just pick up Schwarz’s book, there is a lot of good information on bench builds in it.

Good luck, hope you have some help. It’s a heavy sucker, a 2’X9’X 4 1/4” slab of SYP is a load. That’s the reason I ended up building a split top. When you finish and are ready to flatten the top I’ll post some photos of a simple jig and carriage using a router to flatten the top for the first time. After the first flattening a #7 or #8 should work fine.

BTW, many years ago I needed a bench and didn’t have the money to build one out of European Beach (which at that time all proper work benches were) nor even enough for a maple bench. I used SYP 2X4s and 4X4s from HD to build my bench, always with the thought that someday I would build a “real” workbench. Someday never came, mostly because the SYP bench worked so well there was never a need. The only reason I built this one is I wanted a bigger bench and I wanted better work holding than was available on my first one (face vises suck). Another advantage of a SYP or DF bench is they are cheap and they do not look like furniture…..they are work benches, nicks, dings, spilled whatever is no big deal. They free you to work, I’ve seen benches and photos of benches that I could never work on because I would worry about dinging it. With SYP, dings just give it character.

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