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Project by nordichomey posted 10-03-2010 07:12 PM 7456 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a workbench I finished a few weeks ago. So far I really like this bench. It is practical and absolutely solid. No left to right racking. The base is a Tom Casper torsion box design made up of 3 individual boxes bolted together. With the center box fits flush along its edges it eliminates the racking.

The top is a knockoff from a Woodsmith design. Consists of 2×4’s with 3/4 ply skins and wrapped in planned 2×6’s. Simple round overs to smooth the edges. Outer wrapping provides a solid base for the dog holes. Jorgonsen face vise that I had to recess into the top box for a good fit. Glad I bought the vise ahead of time so I could properly lay out the box stringers and blocking. I have some more dog holes/hold fast planned but I think will wait to see exactly where I want to place them. For a tail vise I plan on using a surface vise.

Another nice feature is the ability to pull a bench stool up to the front for working on smaller projects where it is nice to sit. One change I would make is the faces for the vise. Wish I would have used a hard wood. Would have rather used southern yellow pine but that is not sold around Minneapolis to my knowledge. Four coats of Danish oil finished it off.

I would highly recommend this design for a bench!

-- nordichomey





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#1 posted 10-03-2010 08:10 PM

it surdently look like it will serve you well in the future
I like the possibillityes to change the top when that time comes

Dennis

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#2 posted 10-03-2010 08:13 PM

Thanks Dennis. Now I just need to wear it out.

-- nordichomey

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 08:23 PM

LOL :—))

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 09:02 PM

Sturdy and practical. I like it a lot.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 09:12 PM

Thanks! I have aspirations to build some other style benchs. Like the Roubo, but for now I need something to use for building my skills.

-- nordichomey

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#6 posted 10-04-2010 02:27 AM

notottoman – Thank you! On this however I did use some power tools to assist on the effort. I will use it to practice my hand tool skills.

-- nordichomey

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