assembly table/workbench #2: installing vise mechanism, mounting drawers and painting

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Blog entry by Greedo posted 06-27-2010 05:44 PM 23127 reads 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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the worktable is nearly finished, at this stage i recieved some welcomed help from my girlfriend who has finished her exams. what is left to do is finish the eletrical wiring, finish the filter for the downdraft and organise the drawers and shelves.

here you can see the current state:
assembly table

the top is finished with a beech edge, and 12mm mdf on top, applied 2 coats of BLO, and then 2 coats of BLO/poly mixture. it feels smooth, but still woodlike. i could have gone for melamine, but i prefer something softer that isn’t going to damage my workpieces.
you can see the switch that will turn on the turbine.

here you can see my homemade vise mechanism:
homemade vise

it took less than 30 minutes to make, it’s verry basic and costs less than $5 in materials.
i had to mix blue with green to obtain a similar color to the one of my favorite tool brand ;)

assembly table
the drawers are mounted on casters, it’s the first time i used them, and all the handles are homemade out of beech because i thought 9 euros a piece was way to expensive for similar ones!

downdraft table
this is the “turbine” for the downdraft action, it blows the air out from the back of the table. above it (not in pic) is an opening in wich i will insert the filter.

12 comments so far

View Toolz's profile


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#1 posted 06-27-2010 08:42 PM

Great looking and very functional project

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 08:51 PM

Nice shoulder vice. $5?? More details please.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 08:54 PM

Lots of bells and whistles great bench


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#4 posted 06-27-2010 10:07 PM

Very nice workbench. Cool design !!

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 10:11 PM

Very slick looking bench.

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 07:29 AM

@swirt, if you and maybe others are interested i will post a separate project page for the homemade vice mechanism, i have made quite a few already, from face vices, to leg and shoulder vices.

View swirt's profile


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#7 posted 06-28-2010 03:30 PM

Yes, very interested… thank you.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 05:28 PM

Fantastic workbench…........ this is the one I want to build !
Would love more details on the vices if you could…....... thanks so much!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 11-16-2010 04:20 PM

Thats a very functional bench.

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#10 posted 02-27-2011 09:28 PM

superbe etabli

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 03-13-2011 11:59 AM

Very nice table. Great job!!!

-- New Auburn,WI

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#12 posted 06-23-2015 04:38 PM

Is there any chance you will sell the plan?

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