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Project by kocgolf posted 01-29-2019 04:36 AM 1265 views 21 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been planning one of these for a very long time, but never could decide what to use. I had pretty much settled on using veneer press screws, but they aren’t cheap. Shout out to PlanBWoodworks for the idea to use these killer dumb bell screws from Walmart. They are perfect and they were cheap.

I carefully routed out a recess in the back of the face to capture the odd shaped nut. It works great. The shape also works very well for grip as a small “wheel” for tightening. I made simple white oak washers to give it a little spacing and take the force. Size is on the smaller size with 15” between the screws. That should be plenty for the work I intend to do. Everything works great! Can’t believe I ever went without one of these.

Woods are white oak and mahogany. I had some that fit perfectly and I wanted something nice in the shop. Finished with BLO. Now when I start my self guided dovetail apprenticeship I will feel special and skilled already :)





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 01-29-2019 06:09 AM

Nice job. I like the back deck/mini bench, cheap hardware that works, and left over wood.

Winner winner chicken dinner. Thanks for posting

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Brit

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#2 posted 01-29-2019 11:27 AM

Very nice work sir. I need to make one of these.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 01-29-2019 11:27 AM

thanks for the tip on dumb bell screws! Now I think I’ll make a vise too.

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#4 posted 01-29-2019 02:41 PM

Very useful bench on bench you have there.

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#5 posted 01-29-2019 03:31 PM

Exceptional project, the screws are brilliant a idea.

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#6 posted 01-29-2019 03:38 PM

Beautifully executed project.

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#7 posted 01-29-2019 04:24 PM

I was just about to build my moxon with some finer thread screws, but now I might have to get the dumbbell screws. Great idea, thanks.

-- Justin, Space Coast

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kocgolf

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#8 posted 01-29-2019 04:31 PM

Thanks for kind comments guys. These dumbbell screws were just the ticket. Fast travel, plenty of holding power. Highly recommend.

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#9 posted 01-29-2019 04:46 PM

Question for you:

does the front jaw move with the screws or is it free floating until it clamps up?

-- Justin, Space Coast

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#10 posted 01-29-2019 05:39 PM

Looks great and very useful. I think your design is just what I want for my bench. Thanks for sharing!

-- socrbent Ohio

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#11 posted 01-29-2019 06:24 PM

Is this what you purchased from Walmart?

Gold’s Gym Dumbbell Handle with Spinlock Collars, 14” Standard $6.87
The reviews say bar is not metal.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#12 posted 01-29-2019 06:26 PM

The jaw “floats” over the screws. No imbedded threads or nut. Works just fine this way.

I might add some support runners to the screws under the benchtop. When it is extended out past an inch or two it sags a lot, but it’s really not a big deal. I would hardly ever use it open that far. It will be 90 percent for cutting dovetails.

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#13 posted 01-29-2019 06:37 PM

Yep, that’s the dumbbell. A sharp razor cuts off the grip.

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#14 posted 01-29-2019 06:38 PM

fyi – PlanBwoodworks post – http://lumberjocks.com/projects/373850

-- socrbent Ohio

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#15 posted 01-29-2019 07:55 PM



fyi – PlanBwoodworks post – http://lumberjocks.com/projects/373850

- socrbent

Yes, OP addressed this right up front.

“Shout out to PlanBWoodworks for the idea”

-- Think safe, be safe

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