Milkman's Workbench. My version

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Project by SRRieman posted 09-23-2013 08:34 PM 41510 views 58 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project, took a little more time than I expected, but turned out nicely. Used maple (hard and soft), mahogany, and some redheart. Finished with a light wiping varnish. I changed a couple things than the original blog provided by Christopher Schwarz.

Obviously the clamps are different. I took these off a few cheap c-clamps, drilled, and then tapped the holes. They are easily removable and didn’t require me to buy a wooden screw thread and tap kit. At some point I’ll cut off the crossbars and turn some wooden handles for them, but for now they work just fine. I would just rather turn them without the bar, it’s easier that way. I also added the clamping bar and the two dowels that pass through the front frame and rest into the bench. I added the clamp bar for a few reasons, it’ll help to protect the work piece surface, it makes clamping much more efficient…just a few turns and I can clamp across the entire opening length, it holds the work piece better, and the bar itself flexes, instead of the front frame flexing, which was happening to mine. The dowels are there to hold the bar in place. These are not glued in and can be removed in a snap.

If I had to change anything, I would beef up the front bar. Mine turned out far to weak for my liking. Maybe a denser wood would have helped. I would probably also use different joinery on the front half, deleting the tenons and dowels. I really think that just bolting all of the laminated pieces together would have been the way to go. It makes much more sense. Finally, I would probably make it a touch bigger. I think 36” x 16” x 1 3/4” would be perfect…..might have to just go and do that.

Thanks for looking!

-- Scott Rieman

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 09:27 PM

What holds it down to the window ledge? Nice job.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 09:56 PM

Well, I didn’t have spreader clamps that were long enough, and then I didn’t like clamping it to the ledge because the clamps were just in the way. So I said screw it. Literally.

-- Scott Rieman

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 10:03 PM

Beatiful. Really very practice. Thank for share

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

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 01:53 AM

That is just so cool! Congratulations on the ingenuity to come up with this idea, and then the talent to make something so nice. You really have something to be proud of there.

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 03:04 AM

Well done.

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 12:45 PM

sweet, thanks for posting

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 12:48 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 02:14 PM

Looks great! With a worksbench that size there is no longer any excuse not to be a woodworker with style in a small shop..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 03:52 PM

Sweet. I’ve never heard of this before. Pretty cool.

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 07:25 PM

Cliff, the original plans came from popular woodworking.

-- Scott Rieman

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#11 posted 10-07-2013 02:44 PM

Wow, thats cool man, great job.

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

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#12 posted 01-24-2014 02:45 PM

Nice One! I am building something similar right now and wondering how much play you have on the tail vise in the channels?

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#13 posted 02-25-2014 07:45 PM

Nice job. Good imagination using the C-clamps. The part I like best, though, is the benchdogs. How did you make them?

By the way, for anyone who hasn’t made one of these, it’s great for making dovetails.

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#14 posted 04-26-2015 04:58 AM

So how did you get the rods off the c clamps? did you thread the wood or use inserts?

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