21st Century Workbench

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Project by Bud posted 05-29-2009 09:04 AM 23932 views 25 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The hardboard was a bad idea.


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#1 posted 05-29-2009 11:54 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Bud! Good job on the workbench. You will get a lot use out of that bad boy. Thanks for sharing!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#2 posted 05-29-2009 12:00 PM

great looking bench…I bet it is very handy….did you have plans for this or is it you own design…I would like to make one…..

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 05-29-2009 12:44 PM

Very Nice. Welcome to LJs.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 01:29 PM

Bud, this is a nice bench and one that you should be certainly be proud of building. It adds a lot of capacity to your workshop and is as vital a tool as the table saw. Thanks for the info on the vices as well. A bench has moved to the top of my to-do list (I have to keep a separate one for my wife, though) and have been debating both the vice and bench designs.

This is a nice project that should give you years of enjoyment.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 01:52 PM

Agree with Todd and Scott. You may have quite a few copies of your bench sitting around LJ shops. Having just got my shop finished, I now have to populate it and a bench is something I have to either buy or build. Building certainly sounds more practical and I like your design. I buy from Grizzly some, so appreciate your recommendations. Welcome and looks like you hit the ground running in your contributions. This is an awesome group of guys and I have been in school here over ten months.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#6 posted 05-29-2009 02:08 PM

I am liking that HUGE face vice. It seems with the two screws being independent you could have eliminated racking issues? You know like with a wooden hand screw clamp how you can adjust if the pressure should be even or at the tip. Hmmmmm….. I’m liking this a lot.

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#7 posted 05-29-2009 02:09 PM

Dimensions if you please Bud…....that is just what the doctor ordered….......clean, conservative, and cost effective…..Nice.

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#8 posted 05-29-2009 03:27 PM

very nicely done! I think most LJs here are in the same boat as you are (including me) and would choose a $60 double screw vice over a $200+ version – and I personally like the look of the one you made better as well :) way to go.

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#9 posted 05-29-2009 03:36 PM

Great looking workbench. The Doug Fur might bite you. If it does I’m sure you can just make another … ever better. I visited your blog and I see we share a lot. Except that is for wanting to make hand dovetails.

Welcome to LumberJocks (I’ll keep an eye on your blog).

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#10 posted 05-29-2009 05:12 PM

This is one great bench great job


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#11 posted 05-29-2009 05:52 PM

Beautiful bench. Nice work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 05-29-2009 07:49 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. The Bench is 8’x26”x35 1/2” (L, W, H). The bench is very similar to Bob Lang’s 21st century workbench – hence the name. A short video of Bob using his bench can be found here

The desire to build the bench came from reading the Schwarz bench book found here: and the Holtzapffel bench that Mr. Schwarz built found here:

I’m a tool tray kind of guy so I kept that aspect of the 21st century bench design.

I personally enjoy having the vise screws turn separately, you can clamp tapered pieces without any setup and it’s simply not worth $200 to have them turn together. I’m sure it wouldn’t be incredibly difficult to come up with a sprocket and chain solution if you’re set on having your screws turn in tandem. As far as wracking is concerned, you’re right…you don’t have to dial this vise in exactly to make the chop parallel to the top, just give one screw a little more, the other a little less. I highly recommend making your own twin-screw.


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#13 posted 05-29-2009 08:58 PM


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#14 posted 05-29-2009 11:16 PM

Beautiful bench! Great work went into that!
It would not fit in my shop.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 05-29-2009 11:57 PM

Welcome to LJ’s and great looking bench.

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