Workbench - 96mm-based

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Project by MJCD posted 02-18-2016 12:55 AM 2456 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are hundreds of excellent workbench projects posted on Lumberjocks; along with 5-times that number of pictures. What I hope this adds to the member contributions is a 96mm dog-hole approach to ‘holds’ and work-piece support.
On YouTube there’s an excellent video of an individual creating a replacement MFT/3 top – 96mm spacing, all square to each other. However, the individual uses about $1,000 of Festool products (Router, 32mm rail, and the 32mm system (a systainer packed with all of the necessary Festool accessories and enablers). Festool makes excellent products; however, I didn’t want to spend the $1,000 to get there… also, I needed a bench top, not an MFT/3 replacement.

I can offer explicit details for those who find this interesting… it takes about 90 minutes to create the necessary jigs, and about another 90 minutes to rout all of the holes.

In summary, you need to create a jig (MDF or plywood) which both rides on (fits onto the groves of) a 32mm spacing-rail (the one Festool accessory I opted to buy – $100 +/-) and supports the Router; and purchase both 20mm and 5mm router bits. This approach works with any mid-duty or heavy-duty router (mine is a Bosch).

As I’ve re-read my own notes on this, I failed to mention, here, that I used my MFT/3 table to make this project – it is an important point, and I would not want to mislead or misrepresent the project details.

The Veritas Twin Screw vise is an excellent addition to the bench; and I’ll add 1/8” full-grain leather facing to the interior vise jaws.

I retrofitted the benchtop onto an existing base; with the total weight of the bench now about 150lbs.

Again, if someone wants details, I’m happy to post my approach.

Everyone, Do Take Care.

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#1 posted 02-18-2016 06:14 AM

It’s different, and looks well constructed.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 02-18-2016 06:44 AM

I like all the dog holes.
I have found them very helpful.
Nice looking bench, some could even call is a ”holy” bench!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 02-18-2016 07:39 AM

Excellent work, I bet lot of good projects will be done here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-18-2016 09:02 AM

Looks like a very solid and handy workbench. So you missed some clamping-options in your AskWoodMan-bench?

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#5 posted 02-18-2016 02:47 PM

The AskWoodMan bench was good up to a point; but no longer suited my requirements – its lack of horizontal clamping became a major drawback. I took some shortcuts on his design, and it greatly diminished the capabilities. My guess is that I’d still find issues, given the type of work I do, if I had built it correctly. Fortunately, the base is rock-solid.

With the dog-hole pattern and Veritas Vise, it is a joy to use: within the past week, I’ve gravitated to it becoming my primary work surface.

Thanks, again, for the kind comments.

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B Woodruff

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#6 posted 02-18-2016 06:20 PM

Wow. Very nice. Love it!

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