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Project by Diego Cassels posted 03-07-2019 01:51 PM 1037 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After lots of ideas I decided that this was the design that fited my needs.
I made the laminated top with slabs that came from a tree that had to go down to make room for my new home. I let it air dry for over a year.
The legs came from a oak log that I rescued from the street. I spit it in four and after a year I made the legs (That is planning ahead ;) )

For glooing up the top I used my home made four way clamps

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Here I leave you the link from where I got the idea.
4wayclampinstruction

And my homemade drawknife. I looked to buy one for 4 years and couldn’t find one and now I see them everywhere!
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I wedged the legs to have a strong fit.
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-- Diego Cassels





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jegresh

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#1 posted 03-07-2019 02:36 PM

Very nice work Diego. I also like your clamps. What mechanism do you use on the non clamping end so that they open up?
John

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 03-07-2019 04:08 PM

Very nice bench, Diego! Having a good bench makes everything else simpler. Enjoy!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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55woodbutcher

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#3 posted 03-07-2019 05:51 PM

Great work! I would.like to see more details on your clamps, too. When I started turning, almost all my wood was ‘streetwood’ found by the road.

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 03-07-2019 06:23 PM

Great bench Diego. It looks pretty stout. I also like seeing the process you went thru. Nice work!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Diego Cassels

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#5 posted 03-07-2019 09:26 PM

Hi John, its not my original idea. So I’m going to look up the page or blog I used to make the clamps and reference it in the post. Sorry if I misslead you. They work extremly good.


Very nice work Diego. I also like your clamps. What mechanism do you use on the non clamping end so that they open up?
John

- jegresh


-- Diego Cassels

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Diego Cassels

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#6 posted 03-07-2019 09:28 PM

Thanks builtinbkyn. I had lots of time to plan.


Great bench Diego. It looks pretty stout. I also like seeing the process you went thru. Nice work!

- builtinbkyn


-- Diego Cassels

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Diego Cassels

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#7 posted 03-07-2019 09:30 PM

Thanks 55woodbitcher! Im going to look for the link to where I got the idea from and post it in the photos.


Great work! I would.like to see more details on your clamps, too. When I started turning, almost all my wood was streetwood found by the road.

- 55woodbutcher


-- Diego Cassels

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Diego Cassels

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#8 posted 03-07-2019 09:32 PM

Hi Dave, thanks. I really needed a nice bench to work. I will post more smaller projects in the near future


Very nice bench, Diego! Having a good bench makes everything else simpler. Enjoy!

- Dave Polaschek


-- Diego Cassels

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Diego Cassels

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#9 posted 03-08-2019 12:53 AM

https://www.instructables.com/id/4-Way-Panel-Clamps/
The link to where I got the idea for the 4 way clamps

-- Diego Cassels

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Diego Cassels

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#10 posted 03-08-2019 01:27 PM

In this photo you can see how I made the non clamping mecanism. Its good enough for what I use it, if I had to use the clamps for a dayly basis there should be another mechanism that works better.


Very nice work Diego. I also like your clamps. What mechanism do you use on the non clamping end so that they open up?
John

- jegresh


-- Diego Cassels

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Holbs

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#11 posted 03-10-2019 03:20 PM

What is the history of a Roman Work Bench? Can’t say I’ve seen or heard anything like it. I like how simple it looks for those looking for a workbench.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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builtinbkyn

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#12 posted 03-10-2019 04:34 PM



What is the history of a Roman Work Bench? Can t say I ve seen or heard anything like it. I like how simple it looks for those looking for a workbench.

- Holbs


Roman Workbenches High and Low ;). Actually there’s quite a bit about them on the net. Pretty cool too.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Diego Cassels

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#13 posted 03-10-2019 07:06 PM

Yes its very simple to build! I even used a hand drill, a joiners plane and a smothing plane for the top. With machines it could be done in 1 day and 1 more for glooing.

-- Diego Cassels

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Diego Cassels

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#14 posted 03-10-2019 07:07 PM

Yes, this is where I got the idea from.


What is the history of a Roman Work Bench? Can t say I ve seen or heard anything like it. I like how simple it looks for those looking for a workbench.

- Holbs

Roman Workbenches High and Low ;). Actually there s quite a bit about them on the net. Pretty cool too.

- builtinbkyn


-- Diego Cassels

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#15 posted 03-11-2019 08:21 AM

Very nice bench! You can’t get enough of them I reckon – they’re one of the best building blocks for making more complicated things and when you’ve got grain as beautiful as that, even naked with a coat of varnish is perfect – just like this one!

-- Christopher James: http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/brisbane/north-brisbane/

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