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    My work bench has been a solid core door sitting on a frame built into my workshop floor. It has served me very well for 12 years but last month I decided to do a face lift. But I wanted my bench to have a few new features and came up with this plan
    The 1st two pictures is the sum of intense thinking about this bench. I needed a clamping system that would fit my budget. I buried 2 pipe clamps into the surface of the bench, covered it with bamboo flooring and placed 2 T tracks just below the surface of the bamboo.

    The 3rd picture shows the result. I have 80 inches of clamping space. Now my bench gets versatile. In the 4th picture, I popped out the bar clamps in about 30 seconds and placed a bar clamp so I can cut boards of the edge. The last picture shows a swivel vise screwed onto a board attached to the bench using the T track. To the right, I have 2 mini saw horses that can be attached as well. There are many more possibilities like 2 hand screws to hold a board on edge. I have a sliding leg that hangs over the front of the bench. It has holes and a large dowel so I can clamp a board in the face vise (R side of last picture) and the other end is supported on that leg. As a matter of fact, any bench top tools can be easily switched. Hope somebody can benefit from my unique bench. I happy!
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    It's never hot or cold in NH, it's always seasonal!

  • #2
    Well aren't you the clever one!!!
    Rolf
    RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
    Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
    Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
    And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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    • #3
      Smarty pants. That is a kewl idea!
      "Still Montana Mike"

      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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      • #4
        That is a cool bench.
        Tim

        In God we trust, all others must pay cash!

        I don't want no bargains, they always cost me more money.

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        • #5
          Way to go ! That is a real cool workbench. You really put some thought & work into that one. I bet you really enjoy using it too. Good Job.
          PERK

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          • #6
            Clever one" and "smarty pants" are not as accurate as ubgoofy's comment. As a matter of fact, I put so much thought into it, I'll accuse myself of being a slooooooow thinker. But I am very happy with the outcome and it is a pleasure to work on. I'm even using it to glue up projects because the glue does not stick onto the finished surface of the bamboo flooring. At the moment, I have a large panel door drying in the clamp. Thanks for the comments.
            It's never hot or cold in NH, it's always seasonal!

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            • #7
              Super idea.
              Scott
              Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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              • #8
                Great work Bernie! - definitely a highly practical and well thought out project.
                Well done and thanks for sharing it with us.
                Jim in Mexico

                Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
                - Albert Einstein

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the pictures and great ideas, I am going to do a little re-work.
                  Doug
                  Taking It Real Easy
                  Doug

                  Doug's Wood Puzzles and Gallery

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                  • #10
                    Very nice, wish I had one.

                    Bob
                    Delta P-20 & Q-3

                    I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

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                    • #11
                      Some great ideas at work there! I love to see craftsmen shape their own environment and see the wonderful results of that.

                      I just don't have the money to spend on all the fancy woodworking equipment from WoodCraft, Klingspor, Rockwell, and all the other neat toy stores. I like to see what great ideas other come up with and then plagerize the heck out of them

                      Seriously, great work, there.
                      The good woodworker does not craft the wood for honor. He uses his craft to honor the wood.

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                      • #12
                        Tgiro - plagiarize all you want and to all other comments - thank you. If I didn't want folks to plagiarize my idea, I wouldn't have posted it. My workbench is the result of restless leg syndrome. I worked hard all my life and now that I'm retired, I have a hard time sleeping at night. I pace the floor and think and pray etc.

                        I saw a workbench (I think it was in an old Fine Woodworking magazine that had a bench with T tracks and an expensive $300+ Veritas dual crank end vise. It got me thinking. Over the course of a month (pacing the floors), I came up with this solution. I am very happy with it - my bench seems to evolve with my needs. Im building a country hutch for our kitchen and I need to cut a couple of daddos in the sides. I've already used a high fence and I'm thinking the high fence with a spacer board clamped at 90* - perfect for a true matching daddo on both sides. I'm beginning to think of my bench as a work system, not a bench. That would make it a tool.
                        It's never hot or cold in NH, it's always seasonal!

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