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Forum topic by thedude50 posted 03-24-2012 05:17 AM 5570 views 8 times favorited 101 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2012 05:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench bertha woodworking bench roubro shaker moxon bench on bench hold fast hold down tools vises

For weeks people have said lets start a Workbench of your dreams thread and then it was there was some other thread that had been started. This thread is dedicated to Bertha With out him this site would not be the same on this thread the same rules apply as on all my threads you can have fun with the thread but if you have a disagreement in here walk away come back tomorrow when cooler heads will prevail. The goal of this thread is to show the workbench of your dreams to get advise if you are going to buy or build the workbench you desire. The goal is to share vital information ideas and resources for tools, vises, clamps, hold fasts, dogs,add on’s like shooting boards and bench hooks. Post plans links videos and pictures of what your dream bench will be like. This thread should be a lot of fun I cant wait to see the work bench of your dreams. I am scowering the net and will post a pic of the workbench of my dreams here as soon as I find a photo of a nice one. until then post your workbench of your dreams here and lets talk workbench!

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#1 posted 03-24-2012 05:19 AM

I just found this link and thought it would help some of you out in finding plans to build your bench http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/cldetails?mid=7ee58e526600f138dbf165eb2d9687bb&ct=mdcc

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#2 posted 03-25-2012 02:59 AM

I already settled on my big workbench and the wood is on its way the little bench here is one I a, thinking on making 2 of for hand sawing I would like some input from you guys if this is good for ripping boards or do i need to keep looking

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 03:29 AM

Here’s a nice one from Fine Woodworking

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#4 posted 03-25-2012 03:34 AM

Someone here built this one, I don’t remember who. I like the storage and the t-tracks.


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#5 posted 03-25-2012 03:46 AM

Dude I am fixing to get into the design of my bench and I am glad you have started this thread. This will be helpful and informative.

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#6 posted 03-25-2012 03:47 AM

A suggestion for your saw bench Dude, make a 1.5” void down the length of your saw bench so you can rip a board.

There was a great one on Festool Talk I think, but I can’t seem to find it. I’ll keep looking though.

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#7 posted 03-25-2012 02:11 PM

Randy are you making one of these or do you already have your bench made up or is it still in the planning phase

I am still in the looking phase but this one looked good but your right i do need to be able to rip on the bench I hope it is not a huge problem to resolve i would like to find a working design rather than trying to re discover the wheel.

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#8 posted 03-25-2012 02:16 PM

thanks Dave I hope we get a ton of Ideas in one place this will be good for a lot of LJs and I hope it helps people out a great deal including my self i had no idea that i would have to make more than one bench i had no plans of using hand saws on a regular basis a year ago i was all about my power tools and I still love my power tools but hand tools are a lot of fun and they are a great hobby to restore them I have been ionto hand planes for a while because they are a great way to avoid sanding and i hate sanding

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#9 posted 03-25-2012 09:33 PM

There are many reasons for using hand tools. The biggest to me is mark your line and get after it. There is no set up or test runs. Your hands and eyes are the best instruments there is.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#10 posted 03-25-2012 11:36 PM

I trust my hands but my eyes are failing me more than i want to admit and i work hard to keep my hgba1c down so i don’t loose my vision but just getting old sure has cost me vision I mean damn

Another thing for sure if your going to be serious about hand tool use you have to be serious about a big bench and it has to have really good vises and other ways to hold a board in place for planing and sawing and gluing and more planing and god forbid sanding and on and on and I really have to get my bench done soon

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#11 posted 03-26-2012 06:37 AM

I have searched the LJ SIte and have decided to post several links to some great benches and blogs on this site and hope you will all join in and post them in here Like This fine Bench From a friend on the LJ site Or If you Guys Want to share your bench but are to shy to post your bench as a workbench of your dreams pm me and send me your blog info or your bench as a project location so I can add them to this thread it will help people have one place to find the best benches here on LJ So with that said I will post Brandons Bench it is a lovely bench That I almost gave up my Plans to copy this instead YOU did a great job on this Brandon Thanks for posting the project

Click for details: Roubo/French Workbench

Here Is Another Nice Bench I love this split top myself What do you guys think

Click for details: My first nice workbench

And this one is very cool and may be your dream bench it is a modern look and is very cool

Click for details: Work Bench

Here Is tradition but the author promises a twist

Click for details: Twist on traditional workbench

Here Is horizontal mikes take of the 21st century bench i will be building check it out its set up for a left hander it really is a nice job

Click for details: 21st Century Workbench

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#12 posted 03-26-2012 02:37 PM

Thanks for the comments Dude. Sorry I couldn’t persuade you to build a Roubo. ;-)

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#13 posted 03-26-2012 04:32 PM

Dude, my bench is a work in progress. I have looked at every workbench on this site and several others. I saw many I like, just none I wanted to copy. I am building without a plan, just making it up as I go along. I guarantee you’ve never seen one like it, I don’t even know what it will turn out like. The main part of the bench was ready to work off of in a couple of days. I’ve been adding to and modifying it ever since. It started out functional, cheap, and ugly. It served it’s purpose, I didn’t care if it was pretty or not. I’ve added a lot since then and even prettied it up a little. Today, I’m trying to finish my t-tracks while I figure out my leg vise. While I’m doing that, I’ll try to figure out my home-made twin screw tail vise. I’ll post some pictures in a few days, when I knock some more ugly out of it.

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#14 posted 03-26-2012 07:52 PM

Really nice benches…

I’m still going to do the New Fangled Workbench, by John White, FWW

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#15 posted 03-26-2012 08:57 PM

your welcome Brandon, you sure have a nice bench and i will envy it always. I just feel the 21st century bench or the lang bench as I am calling it meets my needs more at this time. I like all the support holes and stuff that are fixed in place, one major change I am making in my bench is the tops will be 4 inches thick instead of the 3 inches that are in the plans. this will raise the bench height up a bit for me and will have more mass and a beefier look. It looks good in my drawings. I am going to have my friend do it in sketch up, so i can post the modifications. I am also thinking of adding a 3rd vise to it maybe a pattern makers vise maybe a leg vise like the shaker and your bench. i don’t see the point in not utilizing the back half of the bench. Are you making anything on that lovely bench Brandon have you got to use your vises and hold fasts yet ?

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