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Project by Jim Rowe posted 04-04-2019 04:19 PM 897 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my version of a “Benchtop Bench”. I think this is a good use of timber that was destined to be burnt. My neighbour brought it round one day and offered it for firewood!

It’s made from rescued oak flooring which was too good to burn and MDF with a vice chop made from a mahogany bookshelf. Overall dimensions are 25 inches wide by 15 inches deep and 4 inches high.

The screw threads were made from beech using a 3/4 inch thread box. The distance between the threads is about 14 inches. I keep my thread box in old Glenfiddich tin for safekeeping! The jaws will accommodate a saw sharpening clamp.

The vice jaws are lined with leathered the hexagonal knobs are dyed black and also faced with leather.

So far it works well with my Japanese planes using wood clamped in the jaws, but my next task is to manufacture some planing boards that will work with the pulling action of these planes. I used the Japanes planes to finish the jaws and they left a glass like finish after taking gossamer thin shavings.

I haven’t made provision yet for any bench dogs but may do so in the future. For the time being I will simply clamp wood using cam clamps. I quite like the idea of using threaded inserts to position hold downs but that’s for another day

This bench certainly makes for less back bending when planing or sawing so it’s a hit as far as I am concerned. It weighs about 32 lbs and is simply clamped to my main bench when in use. I finished it with a few coats of boiled linseed oil.

Any thoughts or comments appreciated.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 04-04-2019 06:21 PM

Sows ear to a silk purse right there. Nice mini bench, and a good save from the burn pile.

I love pulling shavings from a Kana, just seems to be a lot more of a relationship between Man and Tool. I think it’s all the tapping on the form, and the blade getting it just right. Anybody can crank a knob….. Plus the steel seems to stay sharp a lot longer than on a Western plane.

3 words that will make you peel like a champion. Port Orford Cedar The same reason that it makes such good arrows, that incredibly straight grain.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 04-04-2019 07:31 PM

Beatiful Job! Congratulations and thank for share.
The wood threadering is lovely. You make a excelent job on these.
Big Hug!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 04-04-2019 08:05 PM

That rescued oak flooring deserved being rescued….wowsers, you got your hands on some beautiful wood there. Nice job.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 10:31 PM

That’s a really useful addition to your shop Jim and a great use for those offcuts of flooring. Very nice job!

-- 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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#5 posted 04-05-2019 01:56 AM

Excellent idea Jim. I like the Glennfiddich tin idea as well, guess you must change the tin quite frequently as you consume the contents of the latest one!! Off to Japan next month to do a bit of research into sashimono, tansu, lacquer decoration, and gold leaf application.

-- Madburg WA

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#6 posted 04-05-2019 02:11 AM

Nice one Jim!
We’re all getting older and anything that reduces the back bending is a good thing. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#7 posted 04-05-2019 07:24 AM

Nice addition to your workshop J’R’... your back will love ypu for it…

Don’t know about you, but I have a sordid fascination with wooden threads.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 08:53 AM



Nice addition to your workshop J R ... your back will love ypu for it…

Don t know about you, but I have a sordid fascination with wooden threads.

- LittleBlackDuck

I also like them . I find that if you soak the timber in BLO overnight and cut gently the thread box does a good job. I’ll post another couple of projects over the weekend that use “hand made” wooden threads.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 04-05-2019 09:00 AM


.... I find that if you soak the timber in BLO overnight and cut gently the thread box does a good job…..
- Jim Rowe

I actually use the Beall threader kit. If you have a good trimmer and want the full range of dowel threaders, I found that they were cheaper than the sum of the individual boxes and better quality… but the glitch is having a good (easily adjustable) trimmer as the threads are made with a 1/4” router bit.

Nevertheless, if I get some cranky results I will try the BLO soaking… thx for the tip.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 04-05-2019 11:28 AM

What a fine bench.
Love the use of ‘trashed’ wood.
Yes it will afe your back and you have a reason to empty the Glenfiddich, to celebrate. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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