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  • KenL
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    Erron,

    Nice work!! Where in the heck did you get 1 1/2 Baltic birch ply??

    Your observation that a decent bench makes the work easier is on target; the workbench is an essential tool. Funny how most of us start out with a make do and then eventually get into a decent bench. I built several benches over the years from various plans and ideas with varied results then finally built one that I really like from the LeeValley plans using their vise hardware (of course I modified it to suit my personal tastes).

    Your bench is pretty cool and I rather like the hold-downs. Any objections if I plagiarize them?

    Ken in Ottawa

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  • BearLeeAlive
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    Fantastic job, especially given your resources. That bench will serve you great for many years. Heck, you may never really have to build that solid bench you are thinking of doing in the future.

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  • Erron in Arnprior
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    Thanks John, Kerry, et al,

    If I had the cash, I'd build a nice solid cabinetmaker's bench. I probably will one day. 3 children 6 & under, cars and mortgage etc etc. The first project I built on the bench was a Mickey Mouse mirror.

    The bench is quite stable and let's me approach woodworking from a whole new perspective. Seems to make things easier. I'm very pleased with the results. (relieved too, didn't want to build another one!)

    Cheers
    Erron.

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  • Erron in Arnprior
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    Originally posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    That is one serious bench, and boss vises... thanks for the posting and pictures.
    Thanks Bill. It was in the back of my mind to take progress pics and maybe put together an informal how-to. Never got around to it unfortunately. I built the bench a few months ago. I just now got around to posting.

    Cheers
    Erron.

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  • Erron in Arnprior
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    Originally posted by Jack in Nepean View Post
    Great looking work Erron. One day I'll stop by for a close look.
    Thanks Jack. I've been thinking of having a gathering of the minds. Not sure how many folks would be willing to make the trek out my way, but there are quite a few Ottawa area folks on the forums.

    When the weather gets warmer maybe I'll put something together.

    Cheers,
    Erron.

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  • Erron in Arnprior
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    Originally posted by flairwoodworks View Post
    Erron,

    You made the tail and wagon vises yourself... why bolt on a off-the-shelf face vise?
    Thanks Chris. Function over form. I've had the face vice for years. I just transplanted it to the new bench. Adds some extra weight and gives me more options.

    Cheers
    Erron

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  • Erron in Arnprior
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    Originally posted by Marty S View Post
    Erron,

    I'm really impressed with your bench top. The tortion box idea is very intrigueing and a super use of materials. Did you consider making this with mdf before going with the ply? I'm thinking that with the main parts that don't involve the vises could have been made with mdf and biscuits.

    Thoughts?

    Marty Schlosser

    Thanks Marty,

    I had considered MDF for all or part of the project. It certainly would have added weight. In the end I was concerned with dents and dings and spilling the odd tasty beverage, accidentally of course. I've been known to rest my coffee cup in places I shouldn't.

    Sticking with one material made things easier measuring thickness. I also could have taken the whole bench from one sheet of ply. easier in that sense as well. Everything is screwed together and made of easily replaceable parts. If a year from now things go awry, I might consider a switch.

    Cheers
    Erron.

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  • John Bartley
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    Nice work Erron !! Good use of materials and layout.

    cheers

    John

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  • Kerry in Fort Sask, AB
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    Now there's a bench that should stay flat!

    I applaud your industriousness.

    Kerry

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  • Bill Simpson
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    That is one serious bench, and boss vises... thanks for the posting and pictures.

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  • Jack in Nepean
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    Great looking work Erron. One day I'll stop by for a close look.

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  • flairwoodworks
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    Originally posted by Erron in Arnprior View Post
    I also made some hold-downs from left overs...

    They are ugly as sin. The welds look more like my glue-ups. But they are strong and they work *really* well.
    Erron,

    I'm impressed - the hardware looks great. Maybe they look better in pictures, but I like the look of your hold downs. For one, they are shinier than the ones they were patterned after.

    You made the tail and wagon vises yourself... why bolt on a off-the-shelf face vise?

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  • Bob in Windsor
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    Very nicely done.So what if your holdowns are ugly as sin.As my old riding buddy used to say, "chrome don't getcha home".

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  • Chris in Saskatoon
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    Originally posted by Marty S View Post
    Did you consider making this with mdf before going with the ply?
    MDF would be cheaper/heavier but not as stiff.

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  • Marty S
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    Erron,

    I'm really impressed with your bench top. The tortion box idea is very intrigueing and a super use of materials. Did you consider making this with mdf before going with the ply? I'm thinking that with the main parts that don't involve the vises could have been made with mdf and biscuits.

    Thoughts?

    Marty Schlosser

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