Bench-top Bench

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Project by PhillipsTed posted 11-16-2016 12:38 AM 5302 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to build a small bench-top bench for a while. When I saw Steve Latta’s design in FW, I decided to build my own version. After shopping for the right tail vise, I settled on the Veritas Quick-Release Tail Vise.

I paid a visit to my local hardwood dealer looking for decent 12/4 stock at least 12-14 inches by 48 inches. I found a nice slab of old-growth soft maple that was left over from a custom mantle project. I needed stock for the legs, planing stop, and trim. I liked the contrast from using some nice rustic walnut that was in stock.

After fiddling around with the design to accommodate the vise, I settled on a height of about 8 inches. It is held down to my main work bench by two c-clamps on the end an a 1/2” stud threaded into a Veritas Bench Anchor at the other end. I can pop it off or on my main bench in about 15 seconds.

My main bench is a little low at 31 inches – and this bench topper bring the work surface up to just about 40 inches. It is good for detail work and light planing while standing or sitting on a bar stool. For heavier planing and milling rough lumber, I use the main bench. With the dog holes and a variety of dogs, holdfasts, clamps and bench gadgets, I can hold almost any part, no matter the shape. It really shines at plowing and grooving long stock.

-- Worry less...breathe more...

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#1 posted 11-16-2016 12:49 AM

Great looking bench ! You did a really nice job with the design.

-- AJ

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 02:20 AM

Beautiful and functional project. I like the contrast in color and nice clean lines of the design.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#3 posted 11-16-2016 01:46 PM

This is a very nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 11-16-2016 06:10 PM

Looks extremely useful, well done. Looks like you could add a moxon vise on the front for dovetails too.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 11-17-2016 05:02 PM

A very nice addition to your bench. Well done.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 11-18-2016 04:56 PM

Looks very stout. Oh nice addition.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 11-21-2016 04:37 PM

Wow! Looks like fine furniture to me! :)

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