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    Default Re: making a proper work bench

    Quote 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)
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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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    Quote 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
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    Andrew, have to agree with everyone- very nice bench and built lightning quick!

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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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    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
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    Quote 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
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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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    Quote 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
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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


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    Quote Originally Posted by Claude in Kitchener View Post
    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.
    Certainly, I'd be happy to show you the shop!
    Andrew J. Coholic

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