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07-06-2020 03:41 AM

Hi, i had the bright Idea of trimming the edge of my work bench to even the surface but I screwed it up, now it is worse than ever. I need a flat surface for a twin screw vice. Is there an save to this thanks Mike


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#1 posted 07-06-2020 03:53 AM

You could take the top “off”, trim the whole front with a straight edge and saw (looks like that’s what you might have tried?), and glue an additional piece to bring it up to width,

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#2 posted 07-06-2020 03:57 AM

that would be an incredibly hard job and i don’t know if I could get it put back together. Butr yea that would be the way to go

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#3 posted 07-06-2020 04:00 AM

Another alternative is to rotate the workbench around and use the other side as your clamping front

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#4 posted 07-06-2020 05:43 AM

Flip it on it’s back, rig up a router sled or plane it smooth the lamenate a face board on the front, easy peasy :)

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#5 posted 07-06-2020 06:30 AM

here is a picture of the edge, it looks just a little wavy but look at the thickness of the 2×4 at each end. I put a long straightedge on it and it is about3/8ths off on the far end. Any way to fill some of the gap

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#6 posted 07-06-2020 11:37 AM

Add a temporary brace below.
Unbolt and remove the top ledger.
Rent a beam saw so your top can be cut in one pass.
Plane your unbolted ledger to the thickness you need.
Repeat on remaining sides as needed.

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#7 posted 07-06-2020 12:29 PM

First, I would remove the lower 2 X 4 (the one with lag bolts), and either use a hand plane or a powered planer, reduce the thickness to clean up the mess on it. Now, use your handplane to dress the top piece. Match the lower piece to the top and re-assemble. Not hard and won’t take that long (only a bit of sweat).

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#8 posted 07-06-2020 12:38 PM

Lay it on its side. Get it reasonable flat. Add or laminate a new piece.

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#9 posted 07-06-2020 01:43 PM



that would be an incredibly hard job and i don t know if I could get it put back together. Butr yea that would be the way to go

- Karda


Why is it incredibly hard? The top isn’t that large and it looks like spruce 2×4’s. If you can’t handle the weight can you get some help?

You’re only other alternative is to resaw a straight line, chisel or plane the remainder flush, and glue another board on.

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#10 posted 07-06-2020 01:52 PM

Time to break out the jack plane. If you cannot get it quite smooth enough for the vise, you can add a new face to it. Adding a face might not be a bad idea anyway so that you can replace it as it as it gets beat up with use and abuse.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 07-06-2020 03:28 PM

I tend to agree with Andre on the router sled idea.

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#12 posted 07-06-2020 05:38 PM

thanks for the suggestions. First off I don’t have a router so thats out, I said it would be hard because the back legs are bolted the an iron framed work bench and if I start taking it apart I am not sure If I can put it back together like I took it apart. What is a ledger.
Another idea, what if I knocked off the screwed up 2x and replaced it with a new one. i don’t see that removing the one thats laged in will hurt, I may leave it off

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#13 posted 07-06-2020 08:21 PM

I think that I would lay the whole thing on its side and try using a hand plane before I decided to deconstruct anything. You can’t really make it any worse and it will be a good time to improve your hand plane skills. Be mindful of grain direction and use your new block plane for any knots or difficult areas. The pine or spruce should be pretty easy to work. You can then decide if you want to attach a new face over the entire end.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 07-06-2020 08:55 PM

I think that is the way I am going to go. i f there are any gaps will a filler work.

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#15 posted 07-06-2020 09:04 PM

I suppose you could level any remaining divots with bondo or some other filler but it might not be necessary as long as it is basically flat.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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