Lefty Workbench

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Project by Jeff posted 06-03-2010 03:47 PM 3554 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I worked with a discount, solid core door on top of a 2×4 frame for quite a while until I finally felt up to making a real workbench. I did quite a bit of reading first, to choose the style, types of vises etc.. and all that research was worth it. The bench is made from Ash, hardware is from Lee Valley. I had to add the adjustable feet that are kind of ugly because the shop floor is uneven and this seemed like a flexible solution (they could always be removed if I move). The top is held on with a single lag screw at the center of each side assembly. Bread board ends help keep the top flat (although its probably due to be re-flattened now that it has had a few seasons to shift around).

My only disappointment: the tail vise is just not solid enough. This is likely my inability to figure out the best way to mount it, and the surprising lack of instructions that come with the hardware. I am still open to the possibility of tearing it off and completely rebuilding it properly when I have the time.

-- Jeff

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 04:47 PM

nice bench good work…........Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 05:01 PM

A super looking bench Jeff


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#3 posted 06-03-2010 06:26 PM

From past expedience I know your going to love working off it as much as building your bench. It by far the best addition to any workshop, enjoy and stay safe…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 10:53 PM

As a leftie myself, this is the first leftie bench I’ve ever seen and I have looked for a longgg time. Well done and enjoy your bench. It is more important than the dining room table or any other piece of furniture. Without the bench, none of the other is possible!!
Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 10:59 PM

Nice workbench.

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 11:00 PM

Just remember guys all the best people in the world are left handed we stand as giants in the world LOL…....

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 11:22 PM

If the right hand part of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa, it follows that only lefties are in their right minds! Both me, the missus and 2 kids are lefties. Where does that put this family? The bench is still nice!!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 11:29 PM

Thanks for all the praise guys, I’m slowly adding projects on here that I have pictures of. There are so many inspiring pieces to look at on this site, I’m itching to get out to the shop.

Hey Div, I think I saw another leftie bench by “beaudex” (another LJ)

-- Jeff

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#9 posted 06-04-2010 07:13 AM

Don’t you just love that holding power you have….
great bench

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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#10 posted 06-05-2010 02:10 AM

Well, it’s a shame you made it backwards, but…..

Just kidding. Very nice job on your bench. Your really going to appreciate having it for many years to come.

Are the tops of the dog holes chamferred? If so, how did you do it?


-- Alberta, Canada

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 02:36 AM

Kerry they are chamfered and it was just a matter of using a router chamfer bit with a bearing on the bottom to ride around the doghole. That was done after the top had been flattened.

-- Jeff

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#12 posted 11-30-2010 04:25 AM

Nice looking bench. You are ahead of me. I am still using the 2×4 bench I built several years ago. I replaced the top this year but the base was still very sound. Mine doesn’t look nearly as good as yours.

I am sure you will get a lot of years of good use from yours. Good job.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#13 posted 08-15-2011 12:15 AM

You built a great looking Bench.
When I built mine I had to Look at two tail vices. LN & LV After looking at both and talking to LN who were nice enough to show me a picture of all the parts, I bought the LN. It had a book of instructions written so I could understand them. I am very happy with mine and don’t know how I got anything built without it. They are not the easy thing to add to a bench. It is a lot of work.

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#14 posted 08-15-2011 12:29 AM

Wish I had one like that to take apart :-)

I found a brand new vice in a box at work the other day. It’s been sitting there for the last 16 years! Made me dream of building a bench like yours. But I don’t have the time and skill to try that now. I’ll add it to my list of retirement projects. It’s only 31 more years to go :-(

good job!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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