Do you have Scott Landis' "The Workbench Book"? Because, it's in there! I
that bench, making one of my own design. You would have to go to a blacksmith
some hardware, like extra large hold-downs, have them made out of spring steel,
Maybe as well the adjusting hardware for the lower end of the leg vise, but in
that "assemblage" is made of wood. The screw for that can be the *tail vise
Lee Valley, it is 1-1/8" thick, and that whole vise is completely removeable so
hold-down can be used in the same leg.
As far as wood, you can use any nominally hard wood, like 'hard rock sugar
steamed beech, birch, white oak, SYP if available (I would avoid white ash and
because of the open grain structure, and softness) all would be my acceptable
As massive slabs are very hard to find, I would laminate commonly sized 8/4 -
into a 4" - 5" thick top, cutting in the dog holes first with a hand saw, like a
chisel. Simply into the standing sides of the boards.
And, you couldn't stop me from using at least five 1-1/2" thick allthread rods
to back, outside holes countersunk for the nuts. That means each board would
be drilled during the process of cutting the dog holes, your choice how you do
And for laminating, you would need many 3/4" pipe clamps and wood jaw pads for
cheap ash or Philippine mahogany. A row for the top and a row for the bottom,
to 8 inches. Do two to four boards at a time, then the whole thing.
Getting the clamps tightened down in an even fashion, not one end to the other,
is a big
intensive job so I would use a glue with a long open time, such as Garrett
And you can use your allthread as part of the clamping for every assembly. A
design but hard work, I suggest check out the book.
Do you have any reciprocative reality of your own? Anyone else?
Alex - "newbie_neander" woodworker
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