Retro fitted workbench

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 04-07-2014 12:48 AM 1933 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d been using this old office oak table as a workbench for several years. Recently I’d decided to make myself a purpose built bench. I work in one half of my garage so didn’t want a huge bench particularly now that I’ve developed a taste for boat building. So the dimensions of the bench was a big debate in my head. I eventually decided to use the same dimensions of my trusty old table. The only real change I planned to make was making it a bit higher than a regular table. As I was measuring it occurred to me that if I could mount my vise on this table it would be a great bench….then the light bulb went on and I figured out a way to modify the apron to mount the vise.

The mounting of the guide bushings for the guide rods required a mortise just over 2 inches in diameter. They also had to be just a shade deeper than the bushing. The third picture is my improvised depth stop for my LV circle cutter. The washers worked great and gave me a dead on depth that was easy to repeat.

I got bogged down a little bit when the maple vise faces weren’t quite thick enough; the mounting screws just poked through the vise jaw face:-(. I remedied that by laminating a piece of cherry on to thicken the front jaw. I had also made the first rear jaw out if maple plywood just to see how that would work. I didn’t like so I took it out and built a second one out of maple.

Once I’d braced the apron to compensate for the notch I cut to fit the vise I flipped the table back on its feet, morticed in spots for the legs to fit into a bracing for and aft stretcher at the base if the legs and it was done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 01:50 AM

Great job, hope it serves its purpose for a long time to come

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 05:01 AM

Bummer on the wrong size with the maple…but great save…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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