Small workbench

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Project by unclearthur posted 02-08-2018 08:58 AM 2668 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally made a small workbench, replacing the old plywood and 2×4s version. A lot more stable now. Made from ripping up 2×10 construction lumber. Finished with water based poly, but on the top only sanded to 40 grit and watered down the poly to keep it a bit rougher for more friction. Lee Valley inset vise, which I think works pretty good, but I’ve never used a tail vise or similar so not much to compare it to.

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#1 posted 02-08-2018 11:37 AM

Look good. Nice work. A good bench helps the project go that much smoother.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 02-08-2018 07:50 PM

That’s such a great, simple, inexpensive bench. I am having a really hard time deciding what kind of vise to add the end of mine. I have always romanticized over the classic wheel clad wagon vise, but that LV inset looks so simple and I can’t imagine an end vise like that would need tons of clamping power. Does it give plenty of support for planing the face of a flat board? That is probably what I would use it for the majority of the time.

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 12:10 AM

Great build. I’m curious about the inset vice too? Is it strong enough to hold large pieces while planing? If so then why get anything bigger.

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#4 posted 02-09-2018 07:15 AM

I’ve only used the inset vise a few times; for planing its been fine. You wouldn’t want to really crank down on it, not built for that, but you don’t really need to for most things. Fine for my purposes, and compact a lot simpler to install I think than the traditional options.

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