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Forum topic by yuri posted 05-03-2010 09:30 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2010 09:30 PM

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I have super primitive workbench for now, the base is made from 2×4 spf single (not laminated) and two 3/4” particle boards laminated together on top. I attached metal front vise to it. Recently I was planning laminated panels ~18”x24” from hard maple by hand planes. It was not that easy, the panels were slipping on top of the bench. I drilled several 3/4” dog holes put dowels in then and a wedge secured my panel (I did not have front vise at the time). I was thinking to make a net of holes on my bench top, so I can put bench dogs in any location or use holdfasts. But reading workbench design book by Chris I found that he mentioned that he avoids to put extra holes and does it only VERY thorough thinking. Why is that? Do the weak benchtop significantly? Any other reasons? What is your opinions?

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 09:38 PM

1. weakens the top
2. reduces the weight of the top
3. harder to reflatten later
4. introduces more edges to the top (snags)

but then again, only Chris could answer what he actually meant ;)

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 10:05 PM

For 1. probably, but I am thinking is it significant?
2. is true, but not in practical matter, until you get creative and really put a LOT of hole ;-)
3. How is that?
4. ???

I should ask him, to be sure.

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