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Forum topic by LeChuck posted 582 days ago 600 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LeChuck

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582 days ago

Hi folks,

I just bought a used workbench top from another woodworker. It’s made of some kind of fir, flat, heavy, and pretty solid and came with a heavy duty vice, and unfortunately I wouldn’t have the time to make one myself with all the projects I have, so this should work well for me for quite a while, at least until I get around to making the “dream” bench. Anyway, this workbench top was previously attached to the wall on a foldable mount and I need to build an actual base for it.

The difficulty is that even though the top of the bench is flat, the bottom is not. It was left as is, neither planed nor leveled (it’s a lamination).

Knowing that, any advice on building a base and attaching it to a workbench top with a non-flat or leveled underside? I am not sure yet if I want a trestle base or not, that part doesn’t matter that much to me.

Thanks,
David

-- David - Tucson, AZ


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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 582 days ago

That the whole underside isn’t leveled or parallel to top doesn’t matter. Decide on and build your base and level only the area(s) contacting the base. This can be done with a router or by hand. I would lean towards a router setup that works like the big slab leveling jigs, but I wouldn’t waste time trying to level the whole thing.
Post your progress on the Workbench smackdown topic.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/31539
Good luck!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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LeChuck

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#2 posted 582 days ago

Thanks. I need to see how big the base will be and how much overhang I will leave on each side, especially the one with the vise (which unfortunately is not set into the apron to be flush). Leveling just those contact areas might work. I guess that means it would not be very practical to have a trestle base where the top stretchers contact the top over the whole width, but probably more of a 4 tenons approach. The top is about 2.5 inches thick…

I’ll post on that thread when I have something built, but it’s cheating a bit if I haven’t made the top myself :) Someday…

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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