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Nicholson Workbench with Veritas Twin Screw Vise

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Blog entry by Thomas C. posted 03-22-2022 08:06 PM 637 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just moved into a new home with enough room to finally build a dedicated 16’ x 13’ workshop which was a welcomed change from my small 6’x8’ unpowered shed – especially during the frost Canadian winters. Seeing the price of lumber I decided to build an English Workbench to save $$ for projects. I read and watched every bit of information I could find from Richard Maguire, Rex Krueger, Chris Schwarz, and any blog post I could find. I worked out that I wanted a shorter 72” bench to be around 35.5” high and 24” deep. I was planning on building a leg vice but my wife surprised me with a Veritas Twin Screw for my birthday – so my plans changed slightly as I redesigned my bench to accommodate it.

Bench in it the final form is constructed from SPF and 72” x 24” x 35.5” with a 33” vice which allows a 24” board to fit between the screws. The front jaw of the vice is a lamination of some cherry and poplar – they just happened to be the hardwoods I had that met my needs.

I ended up using eight 2” x 12” x 16” boards that I broke down into components and allowed to dry in my basement. Just wanted to share some photos, I’m not particularly good at writing blogs or how-tos but only one way to learn. I should note that everything was cut and dimensioned by hand, only using powered drills to drive in screws etc simply because I don’t own a bit and brace.

I needed a planning stop and some bench dogs so I went to the local home depot to comb through their culled lumber pile where I found a stip of oak flooring transition as well as a couple of broken pieces of 3/4” dowel – lucky me!

Bench structure without center or end supports in place

Finished bench with vice installed

Planing stop

Vice, stops, and bench dogs in action

Thought I would share and hopefully inspire newcomers to start building and worry about the fine details later on. I was definitely overcome with analysis-paralysis going between every style of bench. Glad I decided on this because building a bench without a bench is certainly a task in creativity.

Cheers!



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Eric

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#1 posted 03-23-2022 12:26 AM

Looks good, a very good build. More so when one does not have a bench to start with. Well done.

Saw horses and plywood was my temporary bench.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#2 posted 03-23-2022 02:36 AM

I built my shop up from a cabinet saw first. Then I built a cutoff table 4×8 behind it. Then I built the workbench 96” long 21st-Century Workbench designed Robert W. Lang. I don’t recall using any saw horses to build the under carraige of the table since the legs where essentially flat top A structures and I could put them together on my saw table cutoff table. Then you connect the two flat top A structures with a cross beam either side, tusk tennon the cross beams into the A structures Then you use the cross beam connected A constructs to support the table top….easy peasy.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-25-2022 01:24 AM

Looks nice. Might want a couple dog-holes in the top of the vice for clamping boards from the side. I do that a lot, both for long stuff where I’m working on one end of it, as well as for short little pieces that I plane towards the back.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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