Wedge Style Milkman's Workbench Part 2

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Project by pinebox posted 07-14-2013 02:02 PM 9489 views 25 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I posted a version of the Milkman’s Workbench that used wedges instead of wooden screw vises. Originally it was just to see if it worked. It did and then I discovered it was nice to take out on the deck on nice days. You can see the original post here It has links to the sources of the bench and the vises and some versions made by other people. (Theirs are much prettier.)

As several of you pointed out, when a part or a tool rolled off, you have to go down to get it. It was a nuisance but still better than going back in the basement. There was a second problem, too, which was where to store all the little wedges, etc.

Eventually I came up with the idea of a removable cover. It catches the parts and supplies a storage space for the wedges when closed. The bench is hardwood but the cover is pine. If the little bench is clamped onto my bigger bench or a table, I just remove the cover. I wouldn’t put anything heavy like a plane in the cover. When closed it covers the wide shim in the front vise to keep it from falling out.

The hinges are offset a bit so a plane won’t hit metal should it go off the edge a little. They are made from ordinary hinges with one end cut off with a hacksaw. Also I softened the edges of the “handle” at the middle just a bit to make it easier to carry.

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 02:14 PM

very clever bench!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 02:28 PM

Balcony workbench? That´s something new for me. Not for balconies in the city, I suppose.

-- Sergio, Galicia (Spain),

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 04:14 PM

Excellent idea!. Full workbench. Now like any artist, you might anger a park and work there with him. Or go camping and take.
Thanks for share it.

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

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 07:46 PM

Great job; really nice build and it looks very functional

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 06:43 PM

Really cool – less is more!
Best thoughts,

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

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