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Project by ChuckV posted 06-14-2010 01:49 AM 4485 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This workbench is from the book Woodshop For Kids by Jack McKee. It was built using mostly materials that I had on hand. It took about six hours to build, with the assistance of my six and eight year-old sons.

The bench really is amazingly solid. The size is just right for my boys. The top is about 21” x 48”. The height of the top is 27”.

Now I need to look into getting an appropriate vise for the bench. If anyone has any suggestions, please pass them on.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters





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PurpLev

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 03:18 AM

this is very cool Chuck, your boys are probably ecstatic about playing in the shop with you.

as for the vise – seeing that this is 21×48, I think any of the 7”-9” vices would probably do well (the rockler quick release type) although seeing that there is no overhang of the top – any vise would require some retrofitting work to make it fit.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 03:23 AM

Great idea, they will get tons of fun out of it.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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ChuckV

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 03:36 AM

Thanks for the comments. I knew that it was time to do this. A few weeks ago, my six-year old banged together a very small bench on his own, saying that he was tired of waiting for me to build one.

Purplev – I am not sure I understand what you said about the vice. The top does overhand the frame on all sides.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 03:43 AM

Chuck, The bench looks great. I can would seriously consider that a hint from your son. Hope you will post a few of their future projects.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 04:27 AM

Nice bench. Since the apron is fairly deep you could bore a hole or two for pipe clamps. Would need some blocking for something to push against, but it would go pretty quick and would offer some pretty powerful clamping options.
Example http://lumberjocks.com/benomatic42/blog/3246

or google “new fangled workbench”

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 05:41 AM

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ChuckV

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 01:54 PM

Chris,
You are so right. Here is the bench that my six-year old built on his own.

This is built from scrap pieces of pine from my recent piesafe project. Since they have consumed most of that pine, the question is “Dad, when are you going to build another piesafe?”.

Thanks for the vise suggestions.

Purplev – looking at some examples of vises, I now understand what you wrote.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#8 posted 06-14-2010 10:27 PM

Great bench. I just finished a workbench themed toddler bed for my nephew, but your bench is inspiring me to give him an upgrade.

Lowe’s has a small vise that can be mounted on the end of your bench. You could easily build up the vise jaws to work as an end vise, and it’s pretty sturdy. Check the tool section at Lowe’s. It’s about $19.

Mark

-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/

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