New Workbench

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  • #140341
    markdennehy
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    New workbench

    Modified version of Paul’s bench, made more complicated to have the legs flush with the face. Record 53a face vice, Veritas inset end vice, Record 169 planing stop holder, Gramacy holdfasts and some of the worst scabby pine in the builders’ merchants. Full build log here: http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/category/woodworking/workbench/

    The bench in situ

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    #140352
    Lucian T
    Participant

    Hi Mark,

    Your bench looks fantastic !

    I could not stop to notice the similarities with my small bench I build one year ago 🙂 .

    Keep up the good work ,

    Lucian

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    #140356
    markdennehy
    Participant

    Yours is a damn sight better looking than mine! 😀
    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised others built theirs the same way, but that really is a surprisingly similar bench. Honestly never saw it before today either.

    #140357
    Derek Long
    Participant

    I put the Veritas inset vise on my new bench, too. Love it so far. A true “poor man’s wagon vise” and grips like a bulldog.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #140358
    markdennehy
    Participant

    And as tough as anything. I built the bench in the back yard so I’d have room, and then when it was done went to pick it up to move it to the shed where it’ll live. So I clambered under the bench, got my shoulders to the underside of the benchtop and held the stretchers to steady it, made sure I had the face vice out in front of me so most of the weight was in front of me and then I stood up.

    At that point I learned that (a) the wood was heavier than the metal, (b) when you’re inside a 200+lb bench and it’s falling backwards, you can forget trying to stop it and just focus on keeping your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times to avoid awkward snapping noises, and (c) the best part of 500lb of wood, metal and me hitting the ground after about a 4-5 foot run-up makes for a very loud noise indeed, especially if you’re inside it at the time.

    And that entire impact landed square on the veritas end vice handle.

    The vice is fine. The screw turns smooth, the wagon tracks straight, the frame is unblemished. The aluminium handle is a bit scuffed, but if you dropped 500lb on my head I’d be scuffed too. And the last inch of the main shaft is now bent 10-15 degrees from true, but the screw is unaffected.

    Dinged handle

    Honestly, I’m pretty impressed by this thing.

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    #140374
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    Looks darned good and strong. Congratulations – you’re going to love it.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #140503
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    Mark, I saw your bench featured on Lost Art Press blog’s summary of recent forum activity. I’ve not subscribed to that forum, though I’ve thought about it. Can you tell me if you like it and is it worth signing up?

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #140504
    markdennehy
    Participant

    I’ve just been lurking there for a while Matt. I like some of the projects they’ve put up there; that campaign furniture secretary’s desk for example, that was something lovely to see. To the point of making me think of building one. But then, I quite like Christopher Schwartz’s take on things and I like his books so far, so I might be an outlier. The US side of things is somewhat dominated by the table saws most of the time, but they do seem to have carved out a small niche here and there for hand tool stuff; I like those niches in general but Underhill’s a little too folksy for my tastes even when I’m enjoying his stuff (I guess I’m too young to enjoy it fully); Fidgen is a bit too… hipster? (I’m too old to enjoy that fully :D) And Schwartz lands right in the middle, while Klausz is just what everyone thinks their grandad should be like 😀

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    #140511
    markdennehy
    Participant

    BTW, I was kindof impressed with the veritas end vice for surviving the wallop the way it did. I mean, “Must survive having 500lb of bench and idiot dropped on the handle by the idiot” can’t have been on the design specs after all, and yet it managed it. So I wrote off to Veritas just to say “nicely done lads, that’s a nice bit of kit”. Because that sort of thing ought to happen to engineers a bit more often.

    They’re posting – unasked for and free of charge – a replacement screw shaft for the vice, so it’d look its best.

    I mean, I know, cheap marketing and so on, but still. Deserves a bit of a thumbs-up I thought. Can’t see Bosch doing that because I dropped a drill and the casing survived the impact. And it’s kindof — not to be too much of a leftie pinko commie hippie about it — but it’s kindof nice when a manufacturer does that sort of thing, especially these days.

    So there it is. A nice little postscript to the build.

    #140513
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    Veritas / Lee Valley is becoming legendary for their customer service. I have heard similar stories before about them.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #140892
    oltexasboy
    Participant

    I am signed up at LAP and for the most part it is an enjoyable forum. I have a few of Chris’ books and I like his work ethic because I am also mostly a handtool woodworker. He has however kind of migrated over to the hipster side himself. I ask him a simple straight forward question and got a snarky reply. I sill read the forum daily if I have time. Well worth the time usually. Lots of good advise to be gleaned from the forum. Check it out and make your own decision.

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