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Hand Tool Workbench

author-gravatar Kalzenith Mar 09, 2019

This will be my second hand tool workbench. The first one lasted about a year before I decided I need to upgrade. It was far too small, and it was mounted onto a wall. So it's time to make something a bit more functional

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Here's a mock up of the bench. It's made from coffee stir sticks, wooden skewers, and some finishing nails

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I plan to make a twin screw end vise as well as a twin screw leg vise. The lower screw might be inconvenient to operate, but I think it will be worth it for the amount of control it offers.


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It's time! Picking up some hemlock fence posts.

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Made all the cuts I need in one go.

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Apparently my 2' clamps are too short to clamp my 24" bench.. Time to buy more clamps.

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Gluing up the bench top. I didn't get enough long clamps so I ganged up some shorter ones to help.

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Gluing up one of the legs.

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When clamping the leg, I didn't notice that one of the pieces was wider than the others, so it ended up prying the bench top apart... I'll just fill it with epoxy later..

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Both legs done! Nearly killed myself lowering it onto the ground and flipping it right side up.

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After the bench top split, I decided I need to reinforce it across the grain. So I bored 12" deep 1.125" diameter holes to drive dowels into.

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And then I decided to reinforce the corners the same way.

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Several hours of sanding later and it's starting to look like a bench.

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Here I'm filling the many gaps with epoxy. I used nearly a liter

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Installed the leg vise's back jaw, and started the final smoothing/epoxy removal. I think I can skip arm day this week.

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