Workbench #4: Finished, for now

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Blog entry by mileskimball posted 01-14-2013 02:35 AM 2636 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished my workbench last night. I ‘m pretty happy with it, though there are a few things I’m going to continue to work on.

One is the wheels supporting the leg vise. I got some small rubber casters from a big box, and as it turns out they’re just not round. So I’m in the market for some better ones (suggestions on suppliers, anyone?).

The second is the $32 Shop Fox screw handles. The screws work find – the problem is that the handles are steel, with little steel ball-shaped caps pressed on the ends to hold them in place and keep them from sliding through the transverse hold at the end of the screw. Sure enough, I hadn’t had the bench finished for half an hour before I turned the leg vise screw, and the handle dropped to its end-stop (as bar handles are wont to do), and the ball popped off the end, letting the handle drop to the floor with a clang. So it was on to the Grizzly site to buy some cast iron wheels. Hope they work out better!

-- Miles

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 02:44 AM

for my vise handles I used 1” dowel cut to length and small wooden toy wheels for the ends. That bench looks to good to have steel handles on the vises.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:04 AM

If you have not ordered casters yet you might want to check out this web site. I buy casters and wheels from them and find thier quility and prices to be very good. www.thecasterguy. com That is a very nice bench. Well done!!

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 02:19 PM

Thanks for the tip. BTW, any thoughts on how to attach hand wheels to a bench screw? I was planning on just drilling and tapping a hole and bolting then on, but I don’t really know how to key the bolt so it doesn’t co e loose as I turn the hand wheel. Loctite I guess?

-- Miles

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 04:59 PM

If you can drill a hole through the screw and the hand wheel, you can run a bolt through or tap in a spring pin.

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 06:21 PM

I’ll give that a try. I just drilled a shallow test pilot hole in the end of the screw, and the steel of the screw drilled pretty easily (but not too easily!). So there shouldn’t be a problem drilling a transverse hole for a spring pin (had to look that up—I’ve always called them “roll pins”!).

-- Miles

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