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New (to me) workbench - now what?

by Eddie
posted 10-08-2013 06:47 PM


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lumberjoe

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 06:51 PM

Looks fine to me. Have you used it enough to determine that it even needs any “beefing up”?

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 06:54 PM

I don’t see any issues with that bench at all, well unless youre right handed. Its set up for a lefty but im sure you can move the vices around. The only issue I see is that its in your house and not mine.

If for some reason its not weighty enough for handplaning and the like id just toss a few bags of sand on the bottom shelf for some stability.

For 20 clams … im jealous.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Eddie

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 07:00 PM

@lumberjoe- No I havent used it enough but the little I have used it it racks a bit while planing (granted im currently planing a 4’ slab for a coffee table) but it scoots around the shop a bit too. The other issue is that the top is not quite as thick as it looks. the border is thicker, i havnet measured but im assuming its about 1”.

1” is probably too thin for holdfasts right?

Also, it came with a couple of bench dogs but also came with taller pegs(?) for the dog holes….what are their purpose? Im tempted to cut them down to have additional dogs

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Sandra

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 07:00 PM

I agree – ya done good. Unless there’s a lot of flex to the top, the only issue would be keeping the whole bench from moving. Loading up the bottom shelf will take care of that.

If you don’t already have one, a basic bench hook is easy to make and would be a good addition.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 10-08-2013 07:05 PM

If its just screwed together with fasteners you could laminate something underneath the existing top. 1” is probably a little shallow for holdfasts but it really wouldn’t take much to beef up the top so theyd work well for ya.

Again that’s one hell of a start for 20 semolians.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Don W

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 07:05 PM

If it’s just moving adding weight will do it. If its racking, show us how the top is attached and well come up with a way to stiffen it up.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Sandra

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 07:08 PM

+1 on Don’s comment. A picture of the underside would be helpful.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 10-08-2013 07:10 PM

^ Ditto to all of the above – likely needs some help against racking forces if you’re planing rough stock, but otherwise it’s weight that will help the most. Even something as low tech as rubber (old inner tubes from bicycle tire?) below the legs to keep if from sliding.

Like Don said, how’s the top attached?

And yeah, biggest problem is it’s not is Stef’s garage. He really, really needs a bench but can’t seem to get out of the kitchen lately. ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Eddie

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#9 posted 10-08-2013 07:14 PM

Haha thanks guys, for the encouragement.

I’m in the office today but will get pics asap.

If I remember correctly, it is only connected by 6 screws. In-line with the legs, there are cross pieces under the top that have three screws in them each.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 10-08-2013 07:17 PM

Yeah, a very good question is if it can be switched from ‘wrongway.’ You right handed?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Eddie

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#11 posted 10-08-2013 07:22 PM

Lucky for me im left-handed ;)

But I have been known to use a saw and plane with either hand.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 10-08-2013 07:24 PM

A lefty, a $20 bench, free pair of scrapers and a rosewood gauge for a case of beer?

This is approaching ‘you suck’ territory, my friend. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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chrisstef

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#13 posted 10-08-2013 07:45 PM

Destiny i say.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Don W

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#14 posted 10-08-2013 07:48 PM

approaching??

He’s so far into “You Suck” territory !!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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7Footer

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#15 posted 10-08-2013 08:02 PM

I’m just gonna go ahead and say it… That’s the best $20 (+ case of beer) workbench I’ve ever seen, even if it needs a little beefing up.. Maybe I’m a little biased because I am left handed. ;-)

Great idea with the FB post man!

-- Hot Damnit... Your booty like two planets, go ahead and go ham sammich -

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#16 posted 10-08-2013 08:09 PM

Question is did you get to help him drink the case of beer? Good bench for the investment!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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Eddie

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#17 posted 10-08-2013 08:16 PM

Thanks 7footer, i dont use facebook for much more than posting pics of the kids to keep distant family members happy. Guess its good for something else after all.

I hadnt talked to the guy in over 8 years and he lived less than 20mins away from me!

...and I just noticed you live in Tigard, so do I. Small world!

Anyone have input on what the taller “pegs” are that fit in the dog holes? im tempted to cut them down to make more planing stops

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7Footer

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#18 posted 10-08-2013 08:31 PM

Ha! Tigard, that is crazy… Yeah I recognized you because you were the one that posted the huge tool sale a couple months ago with all the planes so I knew you were in the area. I live 3 blocks off of Hwy 99 behind the Fred Meyer right before you hit I-5.

Yeah I FB is pretty much worthless anymore, I feel like its dying off similar to the way MySpace died off when FB became huge. I give my wife a hard time about how much she is on Facebook, but I’m just as bad with LJ’s!

Have you seen that new Guild of Oregon Woodworkers workshop they are opening in Multnomah Village? Kind of cool, you have to pay a yearly fee and you can use the shop in 4 hour time blocks and you get a certain # of hours depending on how much you pay, but there are some very nice looking tools in that shop, would be really handy in some cases. OR Guild Workshop

-- Hot Damnit... Your booty like two planets, go ahead and go ham sammich -

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Bill White

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#19 posted 10-08-2013 08:32 PM

Couldn’t ya pull it apart and glue/dowel the joints as a first step?
Good score.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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bondogaposis

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#20 posted 10-08-2013 08:36 PM

First of all you did pretty good. To prevent racking I’d go around and tighten all of the bolts/lag screws what ever it is put together with and see if that doesn’t help. Secondly to keep it planted, add weight. Put all of your heavy tools on the bottom shelf or if all else fails get some sandbags.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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chrisstef

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#21 posted 10-08-2013 08:39 PM

If ya need a heavy old bag i can see if my mother in law is available.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Mark Kornell

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#22 posted 10-09-2013 01:06 AM

To really stiffen it, put a back on it. Cut a sheet of 1/2” plywood to the outer dimensions of the back legs, and as tall as possible. Screws every 4” through the plywood into the legs, lower rail and top (if the back of the top is flush with the legs. That will make a huge difference with racking, and you can beef it up a bit more by doing the same thing to the sides.

As for being too light, bags of sand. Or a toolbox filled with tools…

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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a1Jim

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#23 posted 10-09-2013 01:07 AM

Very cool,nice work.

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#24 posted 10-09-2013 01:08 AM

from another mid 20s woodworker i can say that is quite a bench as my bench is the corner of a folding table that I can clear out to do whatever task I am working on at the moment. Too much shit not enough time to clean up or make another bench.

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

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#25 posted 10-09-2013 01:10 AM

Major, major score. Left hand coincidence too? Must be destiny. Congrats

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