LVL workbench with twin-pipe clamp vise (part 2 of 3)

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Blog entry by Drew posted 12-09-2010 02:50 AM 10901 reads 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my first blog I milled everything up and started assembling leg sets.

After that I got on a roll and forgot about the camera until the base was fully assembled.

Everything is mortise and tenon. The bottom stretchers are also held to the legs with bench bolts.
I have 1/2” plywood glued and stapled to the back, 3/4” on the bottom.
The leg sets have 1/2” plywood dadoed into the legs and stretchers, then stapled.

Once the top was glued up I wrapped it in hard maple, except where the double vise will be. There I used Jatoba, only because I needed 1×8 and that was the only good hardwood I had for it.

Added an end vise.

Then came the Double pipe clamp vise.

It’s starting to look like a workbench!

I divided the base in half and added a cabinet door on the left.

Then added 2 drawers on the right.

Now all I have left to do (I think) is add dog holes, a board on the end that will pop up to hold material while I plane it and then oil.

I will have more pictures when she’s all done.


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#1 posted 12-09-2010 03:07 AM

Sweet bench…!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 12-09-2010 03:16 AM

Very innovative – great work!!


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#3 posted 12-09-2010 03:26 AM

Man I need to quit procrastinating on starting my bench….I smell New Years Resolution!

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#4 posted 12-09-2010 03:31 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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#5 posted 12-09-2010 04:17 AM

Looks good.
When you post your blog updates, you can make them be a part of a series, so that they’re easier for us to navigate through.

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#6 posted 12-09-2010 04:18 AM

Good looking bench. I love the pipe clamp vice. I see one in my future. Thanks for sharing. Rand

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#7 posted 12-09-2010 04:48 PM

It’s looking lovely—you’ve done a nice job. I may have to add a pipe clamp vise to my own bench—it’s a great idea.

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#8 posted 12-11-2010 04:22 AM

Thanks everyone.


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#9 posted 01-27-2013 07:49 PM

How do you release the pipe clamps to open the vice? I have been playing w designs for that type of vice and the release mechanism seems to be the issue. Have you solved it with an easy or even complicated solution?

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