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    My Take on the Bench-on-Bench

    Or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Do It". This is another one of those things that if I kept waiting until I had it figured out perfectly . . . I would never have one. There are various versions of these focused on various activities. They all share the same goal though; get the work up where you can work on it without hunching over. Mine is out of ply and maple and employs a Veritas Inset Vise.

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    I cut out some of the stock the other night and laid things out. In order to reduce the weight I am using a sort-of torsion box approach.

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    I use my bench as a reference surface and make the best use of dumbbells that I know of .

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    I glue up some of the other parts that are made from laminated 3/4" BB ply. I gang the leg end caps together to dress up the cutouts for the clamp heads.

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    Here's a gratuitous glue-up shot of the trim being added and some shots of the other parts getting the last few add-ons glued up.

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    I thought I had planned better but, alas . . . I find myself stuck watching glue dry till tomorrow .
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    Well, I managed to glue it up flat so that will help.

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    I route out the receiver per the instructions that came with the inset vise.

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    Once the glue sets on a couple of small trim pieces I will pare them flush, add a light coat of oil as a sealer and try it out.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 04-04-2015 at 07:56 PM. Reason: 51
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    Excellent project, Glenn! Looks mighty good from here!
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    Well, that didn't take long. Gets me a good height for this sort of thing:

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    Or this:

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    If I set it back from the edge, the main bench become a helper:

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    I even beat on it making square peg mortises; works very well.

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    It ways just under 20lbs but, when clamped to the bench it feels like a rock.
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    That aughta bring you a spine tingling smile ...nicely done and added to the someday list
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    Nicely done bench - bench assessory Glenn

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    That has been on my to do list for several years now.

    I am jealous

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    That has been on my to do list for several years now.
    That is exactly why I finally took a few hours and mode one. I was waiting forever and only really thought about it when I had been hunched over some detail and my back and shoulders hurt. I am trying to shift myself into less of a planning-to-death and more of a do-it-so-I-can-use-it philosophy.

    Like many of us, storage and space management is a challenge. Although compact, this thing still takes up a block of space. I dug some scraps out of the toss-box and made a pair of simple brackets:

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    The left side of my bench hold rarely used clamp accessories, some odd brushes and putty knives and other stuff I didn't get around to taking care of. The only thing that is stored there that I use frequently is a pair of deep-throat 6" clamps and my monster-vice. I cleaned all that stuff out of the way and mounted the brackets:

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    The bench-on-bench slides right in and stores like so:

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    And there's still room to tuck my monster-vice back in there .
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    very nice Glenn another clever solution.
    cheers

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