Now my bench is complete

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Project by lumberjoe posted 06-27-2013 02:29 AM 3410 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I made a work bench with a pretty unique and awesome leg vise. It is wedge powered. Shipwright designed it and provided me a lot of assistance in the build. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this is. I like it so much I am ditching my screw on the end and installing some wedge powered wagon vises (once I finish my desk)

The finishing touch was the V8 logo. I take absolutely no credit for this other than the barely passable inlay routing. Paul (Shipwright) made the logo. Since I was the first one to make a wedge powered vise, this was my prize. It’s probably the nicest looking thing in my shop (when my wife isn’t in there of course)

On the very last cut my router slipped and nicked a corner. It’s barely noticeable but drives me crazy. I’ll throw on one last coat of BLO tomorrow.

If you don’t have a leg vise, please make one of these. You can add it to anything that passes as a workbench. You won’t believe how versatile it really is until you start using it


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#1 posted 06-27-2013 02:45 AM

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#2 posted 06-27-2013 02:49 AM

Nice, Big Daddy!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 06-27-2013 03:04 AM

It reminds me of a leather stitching vise. Do you have some drawings, or can you put up some more photos? I need something for the tail of my bench.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#4 posted 06-27-2013 03:24 AM

Better yet, a blog with instructions, videos, detailed pictures, and a really detailed sketch-up


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#5 posted 06-27-2013 03:28 AM

Well done. This really needs to be my first priority. A serviceable bench. I too will utilize Shipwright’s wedge vice. It’s practical, efficient, beautiful, and relatively inexpensive.

I like how you created holders for your chisels. Very effective. Perhaps something I need to do as well.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#6 posted 06-27-2013 03:29 AM

Lumberjoe now that’s a wonderful work bench. Paul is a very knowledgeable individual and his input Great!!!!!!!!!! I think you did a wonderful bench which will serve you well!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#7 posted 06-27-2013 03:30 AM

Do it! It looks complicated, but it took me a few hours. It’s very easy to use and super strong


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#8 posted 06-27-2013 06:28 AM

Looks great Joe. I feel like a proud uncle.

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

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#9 posted 06-27-2013 08:18 AM

Great job, should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 06-27-2013 10:52 AM

Need me a real workbench with one of those!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#11 posted 06-27-2013 10:59 AM

Excellent job Joe.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 06-27-2013 02:57 PM

Having a proper bench has really made me a much better woodworker in the short time I have had it. You don’t need to drop a few thousand on maple and bench crafted hardware to get one.

Don, I’ve been working up a sweat with that Stanley #7. We need to talk soon about a #4 and a #5 :)

Buckethead, the chisel rack was an afterthought but I am glad I put it on. Having my chisels handy is really nice, and prevents me from just grabbing a handful and watching them roll off the bench onto the concrete floor.


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#13 posted 06-27-2013 04:35 PM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 06-27-2013 04:55 PM

Very impressive Joe…..well done

-- Mike

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