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Re: Has anyone built their own woodworking bench with woodworking vices?
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2015, 04:03:35 PM »
Lane ,  I used any flat surface I could find for for a workbench for many years. Most times it was very frustrating. I searched many sources for a good bench design I could build and was ready to build one from Fine Woodworking Magazine. Then I discovered the Workbench Book by Chris Schwarz.
 

 

I chose the Roubo bench and vice hardware from Benchcrafted. The base is made from Hickory and the top is hard maple. 

 

What a difference!!  This bench is a real  joy to use. The build took about 5 months to complete working nights and weekends. Sometimes it was a challenge but was really fun to build. You might notice I built the bench left handed.

I would be glad to answer any specific questions you might have

 

 

 

 
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Re: Has anyone built their own woodworking bench with woodworking vices?
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2015, 08:38:31 AM »
Wow Stan - great bench and shop!

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Re: Has anyone built their own woodworking bench with woodworking vices?
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2015, 08:39:45 AM »
lowpolyjoe,
I don't think the Moxon alone would be capable of doing all the clamping needs of a work bench. It normally mounts on top of the table, and is used for vertical work. My ideal bench would have a face vise on the left front, and a good tail vise on the end opposite of the face vise. Several dog holes, and some hold fast,s would complete the setup. I am studying the possible installation of a tail vise on my bench now.   Andy

Thanks for the advice Andy

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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2015, 10:39:06 AM »
That is a beautiful bench. I have the other book by Schwarz. I like the book and it has some good ideas in it. I appreciate the offer about answering any questions. That is also a beautiful shop you have. If I ever get around to planning/building one, I may ask you a few questions. Thanks for the replies.
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2015, 12:10:43 PM »
The one feature I have really enjoyed with my last bench is the adjustable height.  I can drop it down to be above objects when paring with hand chisels, make it mid-height for planing, and raise it all the way up when I clamp on my dovetail jig etc.  It really saves my back by making the work height perfect for every operation.

I have some pictures here.  I need to update these as I changed the vises and also added the holdfasts since this was taken.

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,76037.msg1153978.html#msg1153978

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« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2015, 02:54:59 PM »
These beautiful benches are nice to just look at :) they give ideas and start the thinking wheels turning. Those are nice benches, I appreciate yall sharing them.
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« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2015, 03:59:12 PM »
Thanks for the complements guys.

Chris Schwarz has published an article about building a pine (SYP) workbench. Google for the article on a $175 workbench. You could use 2x4 lumber but you would have to cut each edge to make it square then your top would be a max of 3" thick. You could get better lumber (fewer knots ) using 2x12 boards and ripping to the size you want.

When planning your top glue up make sure the grain of each piece is going the same direction. This will make it easier to plane the surface flat with less tearout. Also if using pine wipe the glue surface with acetone to remove the surface pitch before adding glue for better bond.
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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2015, 06:30:12 AM »
I counted up in my head and I think I have 14 workbenches .  Some have metal tops, I like using a light plywood skin that is replaceable on some.  It all depends on what you use them for .......other than holding stuff you set down.  Best if you leave the stuff there so you'll remember where you put it! 8)
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« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2015, 10:09:13 PM »
Wranglerstar(on youtube) did a nice series on building a very good carpenters bench.

Anything someone can design, I can sure figure out how to fix!
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Re: Has anyone built their own woodworking bench with woodworking vices?
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2015, 11:15:26 AM »

Don't know if you've already searched this site for woodworking bench info, but here's a link to mine I built a few years ago that might help.

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,50810.0.html
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« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2015, 09:57:57 PM »
I had not seen that one, but thanks Phorester.
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Re: Has anyone built their own woodworking bench with woodworking vices?
« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2015, 08:44:07 AM »

Stan, that is one amazing workbench.

5 months to build......... takes a lot of patience to do it right.
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