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Forum topic by TomHoffman posted 07-03-2011 03:47 AM 1350 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2011 03:47 AM

My first post.

Today, I bought a very heavy duty hard maple table off of Craig’s List. It is 3” thick, 30”W X 96”L. The old pipe legs and metal lower shelf are not really salvageable. I paid $50. for it. It’s previous life it was most likely a prep table in a large commercial kitchen.

I want to make it into a Work Bench with double end vises and side vises.

I am looking for bench construction plans for a set of legs and stretcher beams to do it justice.

Do any of you have a favorite work bench design?

Here are some of my wood working pictures plus boating shots that are on the web.

You will probably have to cut and paste the above link.

Any help or suggestions for the bench would be gratefully received.


-- "Lord, keep your arm around my shoulders and your hand firmly over my mouth!!"

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#1 posted 07-03-2011 07:09 AM


Check Popular Woodworking’s site, and in particular, Chris Schwartz’s past blogs. When he isn’t waxing rapturous about hand planes, he’s building workbenches. With a top that heavy, look for his Robou bench or any of the ones after that. Also Glen Huey has built several so look his blogs up too. They go into great detail.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 07-03-2011 05:09 PM

Everyone seems to have their own preferences in benches. Do a search on this site and you’ll find lots.

You should post some of your projects. The whitehall is very nice. Most of the ones I’ve seen are lapstrake but smooth looks good too. There are a few of us sailors on LJ’s who would appreciate it.

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

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#3 posted 07-03-2011 05:25 PM

I would start by reading this book….,46096,46124,66542

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 07-03-2011 06:34 PM

I liked that tongue extension, the one boat launch we had, we had to use two twenty foot cables that
hooked onto the front of the boat trailer and the pickup bumper, then push the boat into the deeper
water by hand & foot. Of course there was a crane over on the big boys pier, but we were way too
cheap to use it. I agree with shipwright, you should post some of that eye candy on this site.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 07-04-2011 10:19 PM

I bet you could use/adapt the base of Bob Lang’s 21st Century Workbench WITHOUT splitting the top for trays and such, and I think you could build the base with little or NO alteration other than to size the width to your existing Maple top.

Here is my version. My top is just shy of 3” thick and attached via large wood screws through the stretchers. I would suggest building the base just as it calls for and setting your top on it, unaltered. Face and end vise locations should be just as easy to mount.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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