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Forum topic by Lesley vd V posted 05-22-2020 06:47 PM 207 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lesley vd V

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05-22-2020 06:47 PM

After graduating from college (furniture making) I haven’t had the chance to really do any woodworking.
It only has been a few months without access to a proper workshop and it is unlikely I will have access to one in the immediate future so some other solution had to be made.

The only 2 places suitable for woodworking are the dining table which I don’t think will be appreciated if I saw wood and make sawdust on and the garden table which has been a flatter surface in better days, but will without doubt create scratches when planed on top of.

Needing a surface to create a suitable surface I’ve decided to order some pre-planed beech to create the work surface, I already had some beams made out of beech for the legs ready from my college days but the same seller announced just a few days later a discount deal for some oak beams left over from one of his other orders which I gladly use to form the legs. I also have some cherry laying around from my college days which will get used to form the vise cheeks.

Since pictures speak better then words…

The bench is 550×200mm and roughly 50mm~ thick depending on how much needs to get planed off to get it straight and flat. A rebate will be planed with a rebate plane to form a integrated shooting board, at the end will be 3 holes, 2 on the outside to hold a bar for planing and a aditional one in the middle for clamping stuff on top of the workbench using a wooden benchdog and a peg in the vise cheek.
The legs are 55×55mm by 300mm long
The cheeks for the vise will be 150-155mm wide with each cheek getting planed back to 15mm thich. The vise is a relatively cheap one from amazon, it doesn’t have the best clamping capacity but for 30 bucks I can’t complain given the nearest proper vise will cost double that amount.

The position of the legs isn’t final yet, this depends on the boards of the garden table as each planks edge has curved up by a considerable amount. I plan on adding some holes for bench dogs once everything is here and I know how much travel the final bench will have. Similairly I haven’t drawn in the endstop for the shooting board. I was wondering if anyone has any critique on the current design and in what ways things could get improved. I haven’t started yet but all wood and the vise have already been ordered.

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#1 posted 05-23-2020 05:11 AM

No idea whether either of these two suggestions may be of use, however, rather than talk you might get some ideas,

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#2 posted 05-23-2020 06:40 AM

I definitely appreciate the idea, the little round groove for angled clamping could be helpful but I don’t think it leaves much room for clamping. I bought a cheap vise, but with it being cheap it won’t have much travel. I definitely like the internally mounted benchdog vise, but I don’t think right now is the right time to make something like that since the garden is literally the only area I have to work from.

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