Workbench restore (Scandinavian style)

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Blog series by mafe updated 03-31-2015 12:09 PM 8 parts 91109 reads 163 comments total

Part 1: The short story of the Scandinavian workbench and a visit at a museum.

11-06-2012 09:33 PM by mafe | 51 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoreThe short story of the Scandinavian workbench and a visit at a museum. In this blog I will try to tell about the workbench as good as I can and then show the restore of an old one I bought and restored.Actually my workbench is Danish, made in Denmark, more exactly Copenhagen app. 100 years back is my guess and the Scandinavian workbench is of German origin… First full version with front and end vise known is from Nürenberg app. 1500 by Löffelholz, but it...

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Part 2: Bringing the workbench back to life.

11-07-2012 07:19 PM by mafe | 23 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoreBringing the workbench back to life. In this part I will show how I restored and brought the old tired workbench back to life. This was how it looked when I brought it home in the garage, it was tired and had been used outdoor for a while as a table for painting and so, I almost felt sad when I saw this bench and actually for a moment had doubt if it was worth restoring, but since I paid 50 US dollar for it I thought it was worth the effort.(Usually these f...

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Part 3: Holdfasts and leather grip.

11-08-2012 08:51 PM by mafe | 20 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoreHoldfasts and leather grip. This part is about the holdfasts and leather grip for the end vice. Yes we are back at the new workshop, at the old workbench.In the center is a wonderful old holdfast I bought in Paris some years back and I have been waiting to get the chance to bring into use.I will get back to this later. Because I also bought this one in France, yes and one more I use on my shaving horse but that is a different story.I think the corner of ...

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Part 4: Fixing the front vice...

11-10-2012 05:51 PM by mafe | 15 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoreFixing the front vice. This part is the repair of the front vice and yes making it run smooth as a dream.(Some call the front vice a face vice). We are back at the bench, now with hold fast and more or less ready to use.But my front vice is missing it’s pressure plate. The really old benches did not have one of these but mine has the slide for it so it will be replaced. Here again you can see the underneath how it is really just a clamp attached to the t...

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Part 5: Making bench dogs.

11-11-2012 02:52 PM by mafe | 13 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoreMaking bench dogs. Time for bench dogs, the show must go on… First was to cut three pieces of wood into the right size.The bench dog holes total size and the length I choose to be app double the thickness of the bench top. On the left you see the only dog that came with the bench… I guess this dog cant bark a lot…So time to make some marking, now the shape comes and I simply follow the measures of the dog holes in the bench top. This time I use ...

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Part 6: One legged dead man walking…

11-15-2012 08:57 PM by mafe | 9 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoreOne legged dead man walking… Ok some awful undertones in that name…Actually it is just a simple dead man for the new old workbench. Just a long piece of wood, not sure but think teak. Marking the center line. Drilling holes for every two inch or five cm. And a little dowel that fits the holes with a cross dowel that makes it easy to pull out. Use the end vice to hold it. Get the idea? Now it is just to use it.I udsed it for pla...

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Part 7: Grease pot for the bench

01-08-2015 05:24 PM by mafe | 14 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoregrease pot for the bench I know, I know, I have a bunch of grease boxes, but just thought it would be right that my bench had a pot also.Besides I have a soft spot for making tool in case some one did not notice it… This is what is going to happen.Grease pot right where we need it.Ready to grease up the sole of the plane or what ever needed. We got wood. Rough cut. Plane. Draw a shape. Cut to shape. Drill pot hole. Shape the hole....

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Part 8: Scandinavian workbench restore - Side holds and end vise tuning

03-31-2015 12:09 PM by mafe | 18 comments »

Scandinavian workbench restoreSide holds and end vise tuning. This is just a small update on the bench.I get questions if I like this bench, the simple answer is yes.I did have a few holding issues, but after making a bench top bench, I now have every thinkable hold position and would not trade my bench for any other bench (Perhaps a Benchcrafted splittop, it’s so sexy). This little blog is just a upgrade with some side holds I made for long boards and my saw sharpening vise, they...

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