Show us your Bench!

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JohnnyR

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Kent Adams had a tread going about needing a large planer for a bench he was building, it devolved Into a twin screw bench vise and in response to my thoughts he asked for more pictures of my bench. So I took a couple pic's (after oiling it down a la' Mr. Universe) and thought I'd share them and ask to see more. Can't get enough shop porn!

This bench began as a butcher block island in a Kitchen we remodeled when we moved to Scottsdale. Was able to scrounge a bunch of #1 common cherry and walnut that was sitting in a field baking under the Arizona sun.

Kent was interested in the vise which I advised not to put on the face but on the end.

I've got two rows of Dog holes so I can work both sides of the bench or 'clamp' a large project using four points. Also can spread a board between the back dogs to use as a stop. The round dogs in the vise have a door hinge pin in them so that I can push up the dog cause my fingers ain't long enough.

So lets see some more!
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FredP

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can't find better pics. first is finished bench second is the top before assembly. 8/4 red oak top and 10/4 ash base.
 

Kent Adams

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John, thanks for the pics. I think I'm going to go with the end for the twin screw vice. I still like the idea of a large apron with dog holes along the face for my use. I'll post some pics of my bench tonight.
 

Jeff

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Sorry to crash the beauty pageant, but here's my ugly duckling-a New Fangled Workbench by John White at FWW. It's a bench, not an altar and it's worked just fine for my needs for several years. I might have about $100 in it.





 

MarkE

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Here is my 20+ year old workbench. It has been reconfigured several times over it's lifetime. The top is 2 layers of 3/4" plywood with a laminate top.
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And a second workbench/assembly table.
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KenOfCary

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Steve_Honeycutt

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Like Jeff, I decided to go with John White's New Fangled Workbench design.



Some of the features are:

1. Well down the center that covers two 6' pipe clamps that functions has a tail vise
2. The well can be covered to provide a large bench surface
3. The front vise is adjustable in width from 6" to 6' and it to is comprised of two pipe clamps
4. Planing wedge in the front and an adjustable planing ledge
5. The top is composed of two 3/4" plywood pieces laminated together
6. I added landing gear to mine

This is a very versatile design. The only thing that I wish that I had done differently would have been to add storage to the bottom, which was not part of the original design. At some point, I will add the additional storage. Also, like Jeff, I have about $100 invested in mine and it is the most used tool in my shop.

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Bill Clemmons

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Not pretty, but extremely functional for my work style. 23 years old.





Cubbies underneath were a later addition.












 

Mike Davis

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Steve, do you ever hand plane? It looks like that design would be very wobbly when pushed from the end. Or is it mostly just for router and assembly type work?
 

Steve_Honeycutt

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Steve, do you ever hand plane? It looks like that design would be very wobbly when pushed from the end. Or is it mostly just for router and assembly type work?

Mike,

I do some hand planing, but probably not as much as you do. The landing gear can be retracted and it forms a stable base for planing. I understand that this is the primary purpose for the design.

I also have a router that I can mount in the well to have a 6' long router table. I understand that others have made a downdraft attachment for the well for sanding purposes.

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NOTW

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Here is mine, Southern yellow pine base, 2 layers of 3/4 plywood with 1 layer 3/4 mdf for the top, poplar banding. the top is bolted on so one day I can replace it with a solid top.
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JohnnyR

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John, thanks for the pics. I think I'm going to go with the end for the twin screw vice. I still like the idea of a large apron with dog holes along the face for my use. I'll post some pics of my bench tonight.
Kent, there are a couple dog holes along the front "apron". Nothing like some of the beauties above!
 
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