this is most of what's in the 'What's on your work bench' thread. Decided best to have this in a thread of it's own. Instead of highjacking the other thread. Don't want to loose the content from the 'What's on' thread. This starts on page 59 and goes on to 60. Lots of great ideas and comments. 

'What's on your work bench thread this discussion

My first work bench was a set of saw horses and a cut up and out of square 4x4 piece of 3/4 ply. Used that for years. Decided to finally make a real one. My new one is 72x38. Bigger and taller than what had.

Fist pic is the framework for the top and a proposed wood vice. Vice will come later. That thing has been moved and had size changes several times now.

I'm calling this second pic a 3D version of the first one. : )

Next pic is shows the leg supports. These will be used for shelves and 'pinch buckets'. Bottom shelf is shown but not screwed into place yet.

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Next pic is one of the 'pinch buckets' being glued up. I  call them pinch buckets because they will hold what you need in a pinch. Pens, pencils, tape measurer and rulers. Even the socket for my clamps. 

Next is my skill saw sled shelf. This is one of the most used things I have. They are really easy to make and use. I wanted a way to keep it handy.

And finally the paper shelf. Because every time you need paper you have to find it. This way I'll know where to start looking. Then cuss myself out because I never put the notebooks back on the shelf. : )

I'm going to poly all sides of the 3/4 ply bench top before it's attached to the base. Not really wanting a smooth top bench. Figure the poly will help protect it. 

Very cool! I'd like to get a workbench too... but first I'd need to build a shed to put it in. lol

Very nice!

I wish I had the space to build myself a workbench. I build my guitars on a rugged old table that is about 40x30" and stuffed into a tiny walk-in closet. When I close the door behind me (which I have to do so the sawdust doesn't spread through the whole flat) I can hardly turn around... Oh I wish I had a shop!

Well Rat it looks like you really thought everything through and have included everything that will make things more simple for you. Looks great have fun with it.

I have 2 shops . but . 99.9 percent of the time  , this is my work bench.

Awesome Anonymous. Put that on both your living room and kitchen table and we'd have the very same work space. So I guess in the long run I'll have the living room table, kitchen table and a work bench. Hard to give up good work spaces. : ) 

Moving the vice back to the original corner. In the "What's on your work bench" thread I mentioned that I was going to move it to the right of the short right hand corner. That would be in the way of using my skill saw sled. I use that all the time. So best to keep things the way I use them. The vice itself will be made out of the same 3/4 ply the table top is. i know this isn't the best material for it. But it's what I have that isn't warped or bowed. And It's a tool. Not a show piece. If I nick it up I can always make a new one. The vice jaws will be even with the table top. So I'll have to cut a part of it away. Vice will be 22 wide, five high and the outer jaw three inches deep. Using a four foot long pole cut in half. This will travel through seven inches of hole before the movable jaw. I'll have no problem with sag when the jaw is at it's widest. Widest jaw opening will be 12 inches. Really doubt I'll even need it that open. But better to have it than not.

Side view. There will be two bar clamps.

There would be more progress if there was less football. : )

Even though the top still isn't attached to the table it's still a joy to use. Yu can see the two 7/8 holes for the vice drilled into the base. Long side facing corner. The top will overhang the base by two inches all the way around. Easy clamping no matter what side I'm playing on. 

These are the two jaws for the clap. Decided to only go three instead of four pieces of 3/4 ply for the outer jaw. Don't see the benefit of having it that thick. The inner jaw is two pieces of 3/4 and one pice of 1/2 inch ply.  The outer jaw has a one inch deep slot cut out of the center ply. This will work with the table dogs to hold things tight. The short piece of ply with the hole drilled in is the templet I used to drill the holes into the table. I'll cut it down a bit and use it for the table dogs. 

My measurements precise. Math a bit off. But more on that later. My drilling within a 1/64 off center. That's how accurate I've had to be for years at work. But at work I used a drill press like machine. Not a hand held drill. Drilling through the table my holes were even and very level. Can't say the same for the clamp. Angled way off on one side. So for now change of plans. Perhaps for the better. I've cut the clamp down to 12 inches wide. And will only use one of the pole clamps. I'll run a 1/4 threaded rod to the lower left hand side of the  pole clamp. This will slide in and out with the clamp and help keep it level. 

The benefits of having a shorter clamp. I set up and used the 22 inch two pole clamp. Had to use scrap wood on one side to hold a 2x4 in the other. Without the scrap the 2x4 flopped around in the clamp. With a smaller clamp I wont have to deal with that. 

My math. Was wanting the clamp to be even with the table top. I'm a 1/2 inch short. But this also has a silver lining. No chance of hitting the camp wile sliding something across the table. And if I really want to beaf up the clamp I can add 1/2 of hardwood to the top and inside of the clamp later. 

Will have to put a 2 inch plug on this side of the dog slot. The back side of the bar clamp still needs to be drilled and screwed permanently into the table. This way the bar will slide without this part of the clamp moving.

Updates. Still don't have the top down. Because it's heavy enough to work on without moving. Still need to get it down though. I have the clamp area cut out and have worked on the idea to keep the clamp straight.

There will be two 3/8 threaded rods held tightly to the jaw. These rods will slide freely through a board behind the clamp. Both will keep the jaw from spinning. The rods will be offset because of how the clamp is in relation to the table. Had to come up with this idea. All the clamps like this on line use two bars. Light brown is the clamp. Darker brown is new wood added to both the clamp and table. 

Even without the top fastened down I have one of my pinch buckets full. So full I have to dig through stuff to find what I need. Need to organize this better. Keep my pinch buckets from becoming slop buckets. : ) 

Updates. Still don't have the top down. Because it's heavy enough to work on without moving. Still need to get it down though. I have the clamp area cut out and have worked on the idea to keep the clamp straight.

There will be two 3/8 threaded rods held tightly to the jaw. These rods will slide freely through a board behind the clamp. Both will keep the jaw from spinning. The rods will be offset because of how the clamp is in relation to the table. Had to come up with this idea. All the clamps like this on line use two bars. Light brown is the clamp. Darker brown is new wood added to both the clamp and table. 

Even without the top fastened down I have one of my pinch buckets full. So full I have to dig through stuff to find what I need. Need to organize this better. Keep my pinch buckets from becoming slop buckets. : ) 

Clamp is done! After trying it with only one stabilizer I kept the other one off. Two 3/8 rods caused some binding issues at times. One works great. It has a bit of a wobble to it. But doesn't spin around and is completely usable. 

Not the best looking but a vice is a vice. And a working vice on the cheap is always a good vice. And this one worked great. The second photo shows my already crowded 'pinch bucket'. And confirms I'll never put the notebook back into the shelf I made for it. Note book, upper right hand side of the picture. Note book shelf. Upper left hand corner of the picture. : )

I did revise the clamp plans. Put both stabilizer wood pieces on the bottom of the clamp. Instead of having one on the table. Made lining them up easier. 

Hi, ratty, that looks very serviceable and will be a joy to work on. When will you be adding penciled notes, phone numbers, measurements and coffee mug stains to the bench top? Not to mention some saw marks and drill holes. Well done.

Taff

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