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Questions tagged [workbench]

Building, buying, using workbenches and features to look for/build into it.

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Best way to mount bench vise for my particular bench?

My bench has a 2x4 edge and if I line up the vise where the inner claw is flush so I can mount things vertically, then a little of the vise overhangs a little. Would this not be proper? If I push it ...
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Securing long boards for edge jointing

What strategies are there for clamping long boards to a workbench for hand planing their long edges? My bench doesn't have a leg vice but does have a tail vice and bench dogs. However, the bench dogs ...
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Using a Jim Miller Tenon Jig

Has anybody built the tenon cutting jig from this article (video here). I bought the issue of Popular Woodworking issue that it came from and it says the curved support (on the left in the picture) is ...
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Tabletop attachment apron slots buttons tightness

Thinking about attaching a workbench tabletop (800mm x 600mm) made out of a 40mm oak panel (or probably 2 20mm oak panels glued together if I cannot find a 40mm one) like on the image below with ...
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Workbench out of plywood, will it deform significantly with humidity changes?

Thinking about making a workbench (80 cm long, 60 cm wide, 85cm high) out of 21 mm plywood, CNC-cut. Gluing 10cm by 10.5cm legs out of 5 layers and making the tabletop out of 2 layers. Will this be ...
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Name for threaded workbench receptacles?

I was given a portable wooden workbench with several holes drilled into it, and on the inside of each of these holes is what I would call a "screw receptacle"; essentially metal, threaded "female" ...
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Workbench better against or away from the wall?

A few days ago I asked for opinions about my ideas for construction of a workbench that would be mounted against a wall. I now have another question. I have seen many different videos of great ...
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Need Advice on Building Workbench

I'm trying to plan out my first workbench build! Right now, my plan is to laminate a bunch of 2X4's together, smooth them down with my #62 Stanley Sweetheart low-angle jack plane (the only one I own), ...
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Garage Work Bench compound miter saw position

Im planning a garage work bench, watching a lot of YouTube for inspiration. I have noticed a common theme - a lot of people sink their miter saw below bench level which I plan to do, but have seen ...
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Can a workbench survive outside in a shed with seasonal temperature variations?

I live in south eastern Canada. Where I live we have relatively high humidity and temperatures from -40°C to +40°C. I more or less finished building my shed that I am going to use for my woodworking. ...
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Two piece workbench top

I've finally gotten close to finishing the workbench that the kind people here have given me input on (Need help understanding workbench design and build process). I currently have two top slabs, ...
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Laminating 2x4s - brush on the glue?

I laminated some 2x4s for workbench legs, and as you can see by the attached picture, there's a gap between two of the boards. I applied the glue in a zig zag line down the length of the boards and ...
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Need help understanding workbench design and build process

I recently asked a question here regarding the use of 1x4s rather than 2x4s for a laminated workbench top and got some helpful advice. I decided to go with 2x4s, and now it's time to build. Before I ...
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Using 1x4 instead of 2x4 for laminated workbench top?

I'm getting into woodworking using hand tools. I'd like to make a 2'x4' or 2'x5' workbench for my apartment. I'd rather not use power tools as the noise would be an issue, and using old hand tools is ...
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Help me fix mistake — twin screw vise spacing runs screws into table legs

So I am working on building a work bench, which is nearly finished, the last step is to install this veritas twin-screw vise as a end vise. The workbench is from Paul Seller's youtube videos and ...
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How thin can a large dovetail tail be?

I'm building a small (12"D x 24"W) workbench for doing woodwork in my apartment. I want to dovetail the legs to the top, but the tail on the end will be about 1/2" wide on the narrower end. Is this ...
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Is there a workbench “type” reference?

I currently use a cheap plastic and metal workbench that is both old and showing its age. As a result, I want to build a better bench. The only problem is that my research is turning up that there ...
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Vise chop thickness?

I'm in the process of making a work bench, mostly following the Nicholson style, and with a vise like this one. The only difference is that I'm going to be using hard wood for the vise chop, and I ...
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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?

I am hoping that this summer I will get time to make a roubo style workbench. Since I typically work with reclaimed materials I am going to be using top made from pine that I will be laminating. Since ...
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How does this leg vise parallel chain guide work?

I am planning a new workbench with a leg vise and came across this chain assembly for the parallel guide in a couple pictures. I cannot find any other information on it, but it looks like it pulls ...
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How to flatten MDF board

I have just acquired 84" rails for my tablesaw and constructed a new outfeed table that spans the whole width. Now I want to build a filler table at the side of the table to continue cast iron top ...
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How can I fix wood to some metal in a neither destructive nor permanent way

I sadly have no additional space for a real/standalone workbench, but what i do have is a powerrack (a cage made of steel used for weightlifting). Looking at one half ot it, it looks like this: I ...
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Flip-Cart for Wood Planer - Best Hardware and Construction

I built something that is essentially this: And it has beaten itself to death, almost falling apart. The original cart, like the one in picture, is 2x4 construction, uses allthread to spin on, and ...
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Mounting the top for a new workbench

I am planning a new workbench and have a bit of a dilemma. While many home shops I have seen on youtube videos utilize the garage (think of all those displaced, cold cars), I have seized our home's ...
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Considerations when making my own threaded dowel for a vise

After looking at the answers for this question I was inspired to make a Moxon vise for easy table top use. This will buy me time until I make my actual woodworking bench. The one I have in mind is ...
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Front and Leg vise

It will probably have to wait until next summer but I am going to build my first woodworking bench soon. I want to have at least one vise on it. I was thinking the front or leg vise. They both clamp ...
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Design considerations for a machinist's work bench [closed]

I am considering hiring a cabinet maker to construct a built-in workbench for machine work and would like to know the key design considerations and recommended jointing options for such a project. ...
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What are the holes on the skirts and legs of benches for?

I have seen several examples but this one captures my question perfectly That is the bench from this question. As you can see there is a nice arrangement of holes along the skirt. As well as a couple ...
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How do I treat MDF?

I recently bought a workbench with a 900x1500x12mm MDF top and it doesn't appear to be sealed. What should I apply to seal the edges from leaking and seal the top from absorbing? Indoor use, subject ...
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Small, Lightweight woodworking bench Styles

I am familiar with many types of workbenches. However, most of the good ones weigh a lot - more than a couple hundred pounds in some cases. One of the reasons the weight is important is so that the ...
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Using softwoods for bench tops

As most of the regulars know I work with a lot of whitewoods. Pines mostly that come from pallets and what not. I recently made a workbench from an old door but it was hollow inside so I plan on ...
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Finish raised the “grain”?

I recently put together a stationary combination work bench and cabinets out of 5/8 particle board and 9/8 "benchtop" (which appears to just be thick particle board). I previously made a work table ...
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Is there a recommended distance between dog holes on a work bench?

Most of the general uses for the holes I have seen only require individual holes. When more than one bench dog is used they are used in parallel holes so the distance is not usually a factor. I ...
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How do I secure wheels to a workbench?

As part of my building of a workbench as referenced in this meta post, I attached some wheels to the bottom of the bench by securing some 2x4x4 blocks to the corner of each foot. Over time, the ...
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How do bench dogs work?

At my woodshop, a lot of the workbenches have holes in the tops. I'm told these are for "bench dogs". What are bench dogs and how do they work? Why they're called "dogs".
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What is the functional purpose(s) of a central insert in a workbench?

I was looking at different plans for making a workbench that, one day, I will have the space and materials to make. One sets of plans I ran into had a board cut and recessed with a handle. I have ...
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Would sandwiching MDF between two layers of hardwood make an acceptable workbench table?

As I was considering my bench dog question (linked here) I had a thought and I'm wondering if it is realistic. The problem that I am most concerned about with bench dogs in a workbench made of MDF is ...
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Can one install bench dog holes in soft surfaces like MDF or softwoods?

I have a number of Kreg workbenches that I have made with help of their Pocket-hole jig. The workbench tops are made by layering MDF atop a 2x4 frame. I am wondering whether multiple layers of MDF ...