LVL workbench with twin-pipe clamp vise (part 1 of 3)

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Blog entry by Drew posted 12-06-2010 04:41 AM 6406 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Felt like it was time for a bigger, better workbench.

While putting together a lumber take-off at my usual lumberyard, I asked my rep if they had any scrap pieces of lvl. Well he did…... and then some.

How about 2-8’x16” lvl’s and an 18’-9”x 16” Glue lam. (yellow pine).
I went home, got my chainsaw and headed back. Now I needed a plan.

I decided on a 6’x3’ bench with a tail vise on one end and a 2’ dbl screw front vise (made with pipe clamps cause I’m not about to spend $250 on a vise). I also wanted some storage underneath.

At this point all I needed to purchase were some bench bolts and I was golden.

First thing I did was rip down the lvl’s to 3 1/2”, joint and plane.

Double some up for the legs, drill out mortises and re-square.

I connected my legs (front-to-back) with top and bottom rails. I ran a dado on each piece first so I could insert a piece of 1/2” plywood for added strength.
Then milled up some stretchers.

You can see a glued up leg set behind the stretchers.

Now to get started on the top.
I took each 6’+ section over to a friends and ran them through an 18” woodmaster.
Then (by myself) ran each edge through a 6” jointer (with a make-shift out-feed table/ drill press).

As you can see there was a bit of a cup in the glue lam. I made sure one side was perfect, then took as little as possible off the other side.

Everything is milled. Stay tuned for assembly.


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#1 posted 12-06-2010 04:46 AM

thats one heck of a top. so far so good!

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 04:50 PM

You ran that entire section through the jointer? It’s huge! It must have been quite a handful. Great idea, using lvl. Should be pretty strong. Good luck!

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#3 posted 12-09-2010 02:25 AM

Yep, it was a handful.


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