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  • #16

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    Originally posted by kerfin View Post
    That center trough in my old LV bench has been extremely handy over the years.
    And there I am wondering...what the heck is the trough for? In my case, it would simply help with the tears running away from another botched project!

    Oh, sorry - great bench - thanks for sharing.
    Last edited by Thom@Calgary; 08-18-2012, 04:28 PM. Reason: Getting old....
    Cheers,
    Thom.

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    • #17

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      I asked because I also learnt on a table with a trough, but this table had the trough on the edge of the table instead of through the middle and I found it was a bit of a hinderance when clamping and it always collected sawdust and chips. When I saw yours with the middle trough I figured maybe there was more to this than what meets the eye.
      Custom cabinetry and furniture -

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      • #18

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        Nope no special reason. The solid sections are 12" wide so they alone are wide enough to work on got most pieces of a job. The trough is open either end so it's easy to clean out chips and dust.
        Would be simple enough to turn into a completely solid top in the future if need arrives.
        Andrew J. Coholic
        Joe Coholic Custom Furniture Ltd.

        www.joecoholiccustomfurniture.com

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        • #19

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          Its a beautiful bench all the same, and I think you were smart to leave the ends open for ease of cleanup.
          Custom cabinetry and furniture -

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          • #20

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            Remind me again why workbench designs sometimes have an asymmetric overhang like Andrew's? (Meaning the base is not centered under the top looking at it from the long side.)

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            • #21

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              Originally posted by kerfin View Post
              Remind me again why workbench designs sometimes have an asymmetric overhang like Andrew's? (Meaning the base is not centered under the top looking at it from the long side.)
              The front vise ( on the left) needs 20" or so clearance and for a fairly deep portion of the underside, while the tail vise does not ( it only needed 7" clearance on the side)
              Andrew J. Coholic
              Joe Coholic Custom Furniture Ltd.

              www.joecoholiccustomfurniture.com

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              • #22

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                What an awesome bench, thanks for sharing!

                Andrew, I see that the bench sits on eight (?) furniture levelers (like this?). Don't they make the bench a bit less stable?

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                • #23

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                  Originally posted by agenkin View Post
                  What an awesome bench, thanks for sharing!

                  Andrew, I see that the bench sits on eight (?) furniture levelers (like this?). Don't they make the bench a bit less stable?
                  Yes, I have two adjustable levelers per foot. My cement floor is fairly uneven, and I wanted the ability to level off the bench to have it at the same height as my 10" table saw (34"). Once I have it in the exact place I will leave it, I can make a maple pad that will replace the levelers. However, with two per foot (ie the bench is sitting on 8 of them) there is no issue with stability/sturdiness.

                  AJC
                  Andrew J. Coholic
                  Joe Coholic Custom Furniture Ltd.

                  www.joecoholiccustomfurniture.com

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                  • #24

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                    Andrew, have to agree with everyone- very nice bench and built lightning quick!
                    Don't trust everything you see on Holmes on Homes;
                    http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com...lems-with-them

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                    • #25

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                      Thanks for posting this - I really like your bench and thanks for posting the photos. It loooks like a pretty straighforward uncomplicated build and just what I am looking for Thanks again.
                      Nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems.

                      Glenn from Winnipeg

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                      • #26

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                        Andrew,

                        Just curious - Did you base you work off a plan or did you just draw up what you wanted ?

                        The bench does look great.

                        terry
                        "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen"

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                        • #27

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                          Originally posted by NuggyBuggy View Post
                          Andrew,

                          Just curious - Did you base you work off a plan or did you just draw up what you wanted ?

                          The bench does look great.

                          terry
                          Size was based on what fit in the space I had to work with. The height is the same as my 10" table saw (35") as I will use the work bench to support long stock when I need to.

                          The design, well, I have used the "two slab with a center trough" in the past and it seemed like a good idea for me. The base was sized to accomodate the Lee Valley vises. That's about it... I ended up buying a book on bench design, but I had the bench finished before the book even made it to my house ;)

                          So far, its working well for me. I use it daily for some thing or another. The vises are very nice as well.

                          AJC
                          Andrew J. Coholic
                          Joe Coholic Custom Furniture Ltd.

                          www.joecoholiccustomfurniture.com

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                          • #28

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                            Nice bench. That should last you the duration.
                            Having space to work on large projects like the bench is a great advantage most of us don't have, let alone large assembly table etc.
                            I agree that a 'shop tour' is in order when time permits.

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                            • #29

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                              Originally posted by Rick Thom View Post
                              I agree that a 'shop tour' is in order when time permits.
                              http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com...to-have-a-look
                              Andrew J. Coholic
                              Joe Coholic Custom Furniture Ltd.

                              www.joecoholiccustomfurniture.com

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                              • #30

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                                Ok guys, everyone should have a look at Andrew's shop! Well worth it. I'm still wiping the drool off.

                                Andrew, I'll be sure to look you up if I ever get to Timmins again.
                                Claude


                                “Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas.”
                                Admiral Hyman Rickover

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