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JCamp

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07-16-2018 08:56 PM

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I was playing in Pinterest earlier and seen this bench. Looks pretty dang cool to me. Not to big and would be handy for pulling outside on nice days. Anyone know who made it or have any ideas on size? Looks to me about 2 foot deep, mayb 3-1/2 to 4 foot wide and mayb 3ft tall…. what your guesses? Any down side of having a small bench like this? I’ll have a 12 foot long stationary bench as well.

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#1 posted 07-16-2018 09:11 PM

I don’t know who. My guess is a travel workbench or one that could easily be moved around the shop. I’d say your size estimate is pretty close.

edit; I thought I had plans for a similar bench but it’s not like that at all.

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 09:37 PM

it looks to be a manual training bench from a school.
I have the same vise on the end of my bench.

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

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#3 posted 07-16-2018 10:04 PM

No idea other than it looks incredibly useful if you have the space. If I had the room, I’d make one about that size that is taller than the main bench as a dedicated joinery bench for doing dovetail and other detail work.

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#4 posted 07-16-2018 10:07 PM

It’s an old one
:-Z

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#5 posted 07-16-2018 10:07 PM

I’ll go with an “Industrial Arts” (i.e. “Shop”) class type workbench. I like the overall looks, and the smaller dimensions would be good for those sunny day outdoor work sessions, which we need to be able to enjoy when we have the chance. This is a personal preference, but I myself do not care for tool trays built into a worktop. I had one on a work bench about 30 years ago. All it really did was collect sawdust, shavings and borings. I spent half my time cleaning out the damned trough. I wound up filling in the void to make the work top smooth all the way across.

That’s just my own personal hang up. Overall though, it looks like a pretty nice little bench. Hope you do build one and share some photos with us.

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#6 posted 07-16-2018 10:13 PM

I think it is someone’s made to fit their needs bench.

Make one that will be comfortable for you! I am about 5’ *8” and some of the commercial ones are too tall for me.

When building—remember to add some weight down low and LOCKING CASTERS at least 2—-4 if you can!

Even make some holes to use bench dogs of some kind in. I have homemade ones 3/4 plywood and 3/4 dowels cut to squares about 2-1/2 square, but size to what you need. I would not go any smaller on the dowel size though for strength issues.

Also put a power block of some kind on it. I have outlets or strip blocks on almost all of my machine stands.

X bracing is also a good idea; although not pretty!

Build the top twice as tough as you think you need it. My drillpress table has 2 by 4s laid side by side and that works well for strength.

Hope these ideas help.

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#7 posted 07-16-2018 11:33 PM

Thanks for the advice so far. What’s everyone else’s take on the tool troughs?

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#8 posted 07-17-2018 12:26 AM

I have one that is about 6’ long with the back legs splayed. It has a tool well which I like a lot. The bench in your picture looks like the top boards will measure 17” x 48” or close to that and then add the tool well. If you drilled a row of dog holes about a 2” in from the front edge and then installed a Veritas inset vise on the right end inline with the dog holes, you would have something quite close to what I built, just a bit shorter. The bench in the picture looks like the end with the vise on it is tilted down a bit. Maybe just the picture.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#9 posted 07-17-2018 01:08 AM

Yes, a ‘student’ workbench from a trade school.

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#10 posted 07-17-2018 01:13 AM

About the size of my current bench. Good size for joinery and small projects. A good combo if you have a large bench already. Or one for metal working, equipment repair, saw sharpening, brass filing and stuff kind of bench.

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#11 posted 07-17-2018 01:32 AM

BTW the vise is a Sheldon.

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

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#12 posted 07-17-2018 02:13 AM

Given the apparent age, it looks like someone’s project bench. But I think it’s a great bench. Looks like it had a lot of good use. Too bad it can’t talk. Bet it has some stories to tell ;p

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#13 posted 07-17-2018 05:23 AM

That vise won’t be particularly useful for cutting dovetails or jointing boards, and the drawer below the table top could interfere with holdfasts—all of which are only issues if you are primarily a hand tool user. I’m also not a fan of tool trays for reasons previously mentioned in this thread. Is that saw vise on the top included? That could be handy if you sharpen. I use a stool and sharpen mine in my tail vise, eventually I need to make a saw vise so I can stand while I work. I could see being able to move it outside easily to be enough to negate my concerns.

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#14 posted 07-17-2018 05:47 AM

There are no holes over the drawer for holdfasts. This is a small bench for working on small projects or small pieces.

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#15 posted 07-18-2018 03:27 PM

Hey, I’ve got one of those benches. Had it since I was a kid. One pic of it is here#.

Mine doesn’t have the drawer but looks identical otherwise. I’ll take measurements when I get home tonight.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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