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  1. #1
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    New Work Bench

    I have read a number of work bench builds, knowing I would finally build one to suit my needs. The top is 25 1/2" by 67." The base is 23 1/2" by 53 1/2." It's made out of douglas fir 2x4s (top), 2x6s (stretchers) and 4x6s (legs) from Home Depot. It uses mortise and tenon joinery in the base with pegged ends and through bolts holding the stretchers. The top is covered with screwed down cheap laminate flooring and edged in poplar. The laminate is easy to replace and easy to scrape off paint and glues drops. Before attaching the laminate, the top was flattened with a homemade router sled. The front vise is a Rockler 9" quick release. The tail vise is the small Woodcraft kit model. Rockler work bench casters make it easy to move it around my garage. The vise jaws are made from poplar and wood scraps I had. The electrical strip is a HF model with a 15' cord.
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    Pete,
    That's one very Nice bench from the looks of it. Any plans to add dog holes in line with the tail vise?
    -Ned

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    nice bench,, and your gonna want some dog holes for sure
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    Picture #7, the keyhole slot is for what? Very nice workbench that if in my shop at this time would be stacked to the rafters with a bunch of junk.
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Picture #7, the keyhole slot is for what? Very nice workbench that if in my shop at this time would be stacked to the rafters with a bunch of junk.
    that's a plate for a Kreg hold down clamp.
    -Ned

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    Looks good Pete
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    Looking good. I like the kick away casters. Not sure how I feel about the top, I like the idea of it being easy cleaning but am uncomfortable with the idea of screws being in the potential line of fire from my tediously sharpened tools.

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    New Work Bench Revisited

    Thank you for the comments. Dog holes are in the works. Still working on where they should go and what type of dogs to use. The screws holding down the laminate top are below the surface, but I still have to be a careful around them. LIke Ned said, the the plate is for a Kreg Clamp. It comes in very handy.

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    Nice job on the bench Pete.
    I'm sure it will give you years of good service...

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    beautiful bench, and I really like the work bench castors idea.
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