Hybrid Workbench

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Project by measureagain posted 07-25-2021 02:08 AM 1091 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know what to call this style, other than implementing a wishlist of features. One of the sides has a Hovarter leg vise with x-link, and a deadman. The other side has an offset slot for hand sawing, with a filler board for the rest of the time. On one end, I had a front vise that has been sitting in a box for two house moves, and it was time to use it. Quick release with new wooden jaws. The other end has a planing stop that can be lowered down to the benchtop. It weighs a ton, but has retractable casters that allow it to be easily moved. It is somewhat modular, so that it can be disassembled into pieces that can be moved by two people, for when the day comes that my son will have to clean out the house. Bench bolts in the long strechers, ledgerlock screws hold the tops down on the leg mortices. Lag screws in the skirts add rigidity to the top/leg junction.
I bought the SYP a year ago, before the price of wood went up to ridiculous. 2×10 ripped in half for the top. Legs are laminated, mortised and drawbored SPF, with small treated pads to sit on the concrete basement floor.

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#1 posted 07-25-2021 02:47 AM

The photos are all vertical, both on my phone and on the PC. If the site turns 4 out of 6 of them sideways, I’m not going to sweat it. It isn’t a vanity project, it’s a workbench.

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#2 posted 07-25-2021 02:49 AM

A nice collection of styles and functions that should serve you well. Thanks for sharing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 07-25-2021 02:53 AM

Nice. I really like the plane stop.

-- Dan, TN

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#4 posted 07-25-2021 03:18 AM

What a nice bench and good idea on incorporating what you like in your bench. Should serve you many years

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#5 posted 07-25-2021 09:10 AM

Lol…. Or you can just not post and keep scrolling. This isn’t the Olympics, it’s a freaking wood working site. Are you going to critique the lighting, aperture and shutter speed too? Get over yourself dude. Some are sideways, it’s ok.

Hey OP, Great bench. Love the addition of the planing stop at the end. Looks like it will be a joy to use.

so you spend lots of time making a project but dont care to spend 15 minutes posting it correctly? so why should i waste even a minute looking and posting.if you dont care why should i ?

- pottz

-- -Todd

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#6 posted 07-25-2021 10:06 PM

Really nice work bench!!!
It took me 2 minutes to fix, less griping and more fixing will help a fellow wood worker.

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#7 posted 07-26-2021 02:38 AM

Nice bench! I have designed similar a thousand times, and still just have a torsion box (OK it’s just some ply on a 2×4 frame) sitting on my tool chest.

Some day, I will be like you!

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#8 posted 07-26-2021 02:35 PM

Resize your pics a small amount (1 – 2%), save and post. 30 seconds.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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