Hello all, need to know, can anyone name for me the best site at which to
purchase really heavy duty knock-down hardware?
I will need to easily disassemble my (future) woodworking bench sometimes,
to make space, or when moving to a new residents and so forth, it won't
be a standard or classic design, all vises on the front mounted with nuts and
bolts, easy to take apart. 62"x24"x34" to 36" high (I am 6'5" tall)...
Top needs to be removeable from the trestle, and the trestle frames separable
into pieces, any good sites? Or should I just go with N's&B's all the way?
distantly, just a touch... heh heh...). Maybe I should copy the idea and buy barrel
http://www.adjustableclamp.com/ they have them in all sizes. Then some higher grade
These nuts are replacement parts for their handscrew clamps. But, my ideas of
and complete design have not come together fully, for my needs. Also I am very
regular nut in that hole with it's edges going against the wood so it eventually
No point in doing the mortising work to square the hole unless it's to save money
by buying regular nuts either. But thanks much for the interjection. Just need to
on ideas here... it gave this thinking.
I don't see it cracking - you're mashing end grain over a small area. The
wood just compresses down. I've done it this way on other applications and
its held up just fine - provided you have a washer under the nut to prevent
torqueing the wood.
Squaring out one side of the hole is quick. But I must admit I am highly
influenced by the price of bench bolts. I don't see paying $22.50 for barrel
nuts and bolts for a set of four (Lee Valley). That's a value judgement, I
admit - just wanted to offer alternatives to someone who might be watching
the cost. If I were building my ultimate bench, I would buy the barrel
nuts. If its Bob Key's budget bench of pine, I'll use the low cost
No right or wrong here - thanks for the stimulation.
I'm *still* mulling over a design for a knockdown bench, and I've
settled trestles with stretchers attached via the LV bench bolts. All
spruce to start with. The only remaining problem... attaching the top.
I'd like to be able to attach and detach the top multiple times, and a
lag bolt seems like it will chew up the wood it screws into after a few
mating cycles. I'd like something like 1/4-20 quick-connect hardware
but 1/4 is thin compared to the size of lag bolt I'd use for bolting the
top. Is there some other larger size quick-connect (3/8 inch?) that is
The weight of the top will keep it front floating up off
the base so you only need to keep it from moving
fore/aft and left/right. A big domed top dowel
and a hole will work just fine. If it's good enough
for Frank Klausz ...
Now I'm not good enough to drill four holes, one in the
center of each end of the base, and one on each end
of the underside of the top so I cheated.
The threaded rods run the full length of the stretcher plus enough to extend
through the trestle. As I said a channel can be routed in the bottom of the
stretchers to hide the rod or the stretchers can be laminated from two boards with
a channel in the center. A nut and washer on each end secure the assembly. To
knock down the bench remove the nuts.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Take a look at my workbench on <mklange.cnc.net>: I used through mortise &
tenons along with M&T's on the tops to hold the bench together. The
drawers underneath have stopped any racking. The bench itself was
assembled with no metal.
that far with a big classic "to do" for all the technical reasons of assembly based
on both experience (de nada) and budget.
I want to use a leg vise because it is simple and strong. I have a 7x4" classic
woodworking vise but that won't hold a board in which to cut dovetails. So the
idea is to buy another of the same only a 10" one, Asian or antique, with both
mounted on the front. This way a full length wooden jaw of maple (or whatever
hard wood) can be placed between the two vises, thusly allowing holding a wider
board for dovetail cutting. Something like a twin screw.
At a total of 62" side to side there is no room for the end vise like you have there,
nor a shoulder vise (tail vise? it sticks out in order to clamp inwards to the bench)
because of the work area to my left. Small space, my sharpening and fettling space
is next to my computer monitor. I imagine a leg vise will do the same job as the
description in parentheses above, only it can't be of a "straight board" design I
think... maybe a compound angle for the jaw part, maybe a moving swivel jaw
attached through the top of it towards the front of the bench top. Then there is the
hinge down below to think about, might it be a sliding devise?
I should really have said all this detail in the OP... and I must say, your bench is
is entirely AWESOME, and it'll be a few years before I can do that myself.
A really great book is Landis' "The Workbench Book" -- you can
probably get it from your local library or by interlibrary loan.
There are lots of options for the base as well as vises, etc in there.
Good luck with building your workbench. I am a newcomer too, and I
can tell you it's not that hard. Just roll your sleeves up and have
at it -- you can do it.
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