Workbench complete (Finally)

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Project by TerryDowning posted 10-27-2014 05:15 PM 6389 views 13 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After several months of building and adjusting, I’m calling this long term project done.

This is my version of the Paul Seller’s Joiner’s bench. With V8 degree powered leg vise and wagon vise inspired by Paul Miller (LJ Shipwright).

Material: Fir and hemlock? from Big Box store (Both orange and blue) 2×4s and other scrap/scrounges. The front of the leg vise has a 3/4 inch oak plank laminated to it.

Dimensions: 60 inches long x 30 inches deep X 39 inches tall. (I went with a taller bench for 2 reasons, I’m kinda tall at 6’2” and the kind of work I do is more suited to a taller bench). This bench puts my work at the very top of the “Power Zone” and the lower end of the “detail zone”. I have used this bench quite a bit before calling it “Done” and I’m quite happy with the height.

The parallel guide is a pin-less design taken from this you tube video.

For details on the Paul Seller’s bench check out the following:
Building a workbench with Paul Sellers

For details on the Wedge powered vises, check out this blog from shipwright.
Paul's V8 Powered workbench blog

Shipwright was kind of to provide me with the inlay for the leg vise and installing this was enough for me to call this project done.

Of course an LJ work bench can’t be called done without this:

The requisite “Bondo” pose.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 05:21 PM

Very nice Terry, it looks great!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 05:28 PM

Favorited! Great working setup! Just cool!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#3 posted 10-27-2014 05:58 PM

That looks excellent! That beefy bench will take a lickin and keep on tickin for sure.
Its hard to say when to call it done right, but gettin in a bondo pose is as good a motivation as any to cut the cord. Love it!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 06:08 PM

Really nice! Could you tell me what “V 8” has to do with a vise? I’m mystified…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 06:10 PM

Great looking bench….

Did you use bearings on the pinless parallel guide?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 10-27-2014 06:22 PM

Great job, and Im sure it will serve you well in the years to come.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 06:43 PM

Looks stable, well built and just perfect.
Seems to say “come bild on me!”
Refreshing to see an english pattern worksbench amnong a lot of French (Roubou)

Looking forward to see what you build on it. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 10-27-2014 07:13 PM

Looks great Terry, it was my pleasure (logo)

Jerry it describes the ”8 degree Vertical” wedge that supplies the force.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 10-27-2014 07:24 PM

Congrat’s Terry. Nice looking bench. Love the V8 logo. Bondo pose and all, impressive!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#10 posted 10-27-2014 07:38 PM

Thanks everyone for the positive comments.

Thanks again for the inlay Paul. I had to build a router plane (Another project to post) to get it installed as my chisel skills were not up to snuff.

For the pinless parallel I just used my lathe to turn some wheels. No bearing per se’. I’ll try to get some close up pics of that

-- - Terry

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#11 posted 10-27-2014 07:38 PM

I can’t see the end. Is that top really three fee thick, or is that just a facad? If the former, it’s HUGE!

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#12 posted 10-27-2014 08:04 PM

Lovely bench, may it serve you well.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 10-27-2014 08:11 PM

I can t see the end. Is that top really three fee thick, or is that just a facad? If the former, it s HUGE!

- LJackson


30 inches from the front to the back. (Depth)

Top thickness is approximately 3 inches.

English joiner’s bench use a 12 – 15 inch apron that the legs dado into for lateral support and to prevent racking.

Check out the YouTube videos from Paul Seller for the details.

-- - Terry

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#14 posted 10-27-2014 08:13 PM

Your combination may be unique until now, but I am sure that you will see many copies. Great job in planning and building the bench. Have fun for many years with it!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#15 posted 10-27-2014 08:13 PM

Well done, Terry.

So did you have to use the sawbench as a step stool in order to do the Bondo?

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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