Leon, .......... bench photo's as promised.
The order of the photo's is a bit mixed, but youll get the gist of it.
Base is pine, dowelled to locate stretchers and then held to gether under
mild tension with threaded rod. Top is Douglas Fir glulam, the protective
surround is Jarrah.
Used to be a filler board in the centre gap on top, I haven't used it for
years, - find it convenient to be able to clamp either side or in the middle
according to material size.
Built 8 or 9 years ago, it is still rock solid, - the tension rods prevent
Disassembles in less than 15 minutes, re-assembly takes a few minutes
Built without plans, just made it up as I went, material sourced from a
It was my first attempt at wooddorking. Possibly slightly over engineered
Thank you Lee. Solid and functional was the original intention, in which it
happened to succeed. If it's thought to be pretty, that is an accidental
result of the material I had available at the time.
The main criteria when I built it was to have a bench that I could transport
easily to and from the boatyard. That meant it either had to be lightweight,
(which would not serve the purpose,) or I had to be able to dismantle and
re-assemble it while maintaining its structural integrity. - Hence the
dowels and truss rods. (An idea I saw used on an old piece of farm equipment
when I was a kid.)
Over the years it was moved innumerable times, although I now have no need
to do that.
The locking device for the leg vise also came from the farm. We used
windmills to pump water up from underground, from depths as much as 160
feet. Periodically we would have to replace the galvanised pipes, which were
in 20 foot lengths. The pinch block was placed over the pipe and and the
column was winched up the first 20 feet. The winch tension was released and
the pinch block secured the column while we unscrewed the first length, then
the process was repeated. Never ever saw the pipe slip.
Being a "hayseed" has served me well at times. : )
Thank you. I'll add that to my collection of ideas. Presently I am fixated
on a way to make the work bench mobile but stationary when in use. I have a
shop full of equipment that is all mobile and it takes my wife to point out
that each base is mobile and is stationary when in use. That was way too
simple of a solution.
I don't know if you have it as one of your ideas, but I built the bench
from American Woodworker about 3 years back. It rides on 6 100 lb
(hidden) wheels. The bench gets "chocked" up on L shaped blocks when in
use so it will not move. Not very automatic or quick, but i don't move
it very often. I just wanted to be able to when the mood struck.
I can dig up the issue # if you would like.
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