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Old 04-28-19, 04:39 PM
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Old 04-29-19, 04:57 AM
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Gerstner coolness .
Oddly enough, when we bought this house 18 years ago, that was the only thing left in the house when we viewed it.
That and the old metal bench it was sitting on in the basement.
I asked the owner if we was keeping it. No idea why he had it, as he wasn't that type, I thought.
He sold it to me for a song. Always wanted one.
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Old 04-29-19, 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Woodshop bench, I don't have a picture of the metalshop bench.

Custom. 42" tall. 2x4 construction. Top is 3 layers of MDF. Flat, solid, cheap - pick all 3. Built in router table.


Basement81 by iabisdb, on Flickr
Didn't comment on Iab's pics before but will say, I love the color you used for the walls.
Nice and bright and lively. Anything lower hue value in that spectrum could have run the risk
of looking too industrial, or clinical. With this much yellow in the green, it looks very inviting.
Like a place I'd look forward to working in.
How's that for esoteric nonsense ...?

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Old 04-29-19, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo View Post
I have store bought and home-made. I recommend make your own. Fir is pretty durable and not as expensive as hardwood. I used a piece of Oak veneer plywood on top for a more durable surface, but after a while didn't bother with it anymore.

Back in the 90's, I got a cut rate, knockoff, European WW bench. Hardware was OK, it was made of plantation Teak and cost way less than a Sjoberg's. Later, when we built our current home, I modified it with a 52" scrap cut off a Fir Beam to replace the useless tool tray. Couple of 4x4 legs were added in back to support the extra weight.

Two other 7' cut-offs I made into a big bench with 4x6 legs. Later added the vises. There was also an 8' piece of Glue-Lam beam left from the Garage door header. A 42" piece made a bench for my Foley saw sharpener. The remainder became a grinder/vise bench in my garage.

I hand cut top of the legs to fit large dovetails cut in the bench top. This makes a very solid work bench.
Or you could make 2 good saw horses and lay a premade countertop from one of the big box stores on it, then add a good vise. Don
A lot to like in these pictures.
What's that green thing on the bench in the 4th pic? Your saw sharpener?
General cabinet table saw. Nice.
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Old 05-01-19, 12:27 AM
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Yes, a saw sharpener, I traded my old Bosch miter saw for it. That General saw was a floor model on "after Christmas" sale at our local Western Tool store. Had been checking in weekly, watching the price get near something I could talk myself into. One day Mrs. Ollo says "You should just buy it" Then, on the way out, she called me over to ask "is this thing something you can use? It's half price." So I bought a Delta sawdust collector too. The General is well built & nicely finished, but manufacturer's customer service was stereotypically French when I was retrofitting a Unifence onto it. Knowing what you want and getting them to sell it to you are 2 very different things. Don
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Old 05-01-19, 12:35 AM
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Iab's 42" bench is similar to some of my tall friends. Mine are all something like 33 1/8" which was close to perfect for me, but the exact height of my radial arm saw tables. Had to raise the store bought ones a bit. Don
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Old 05-14-19, 04:00 AM
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Great threads these ones.
My bench was free, re did the top with 30mm with melamine coating to both sides, a 12mm piece of MDF painted in automotive primer on top of that so the melamine does not crack, the vice was free, the tool board is self explanatory but the length of 4x2 houses all my scanners in front and then in holes drilled are my screwdrivers and freehub tools, I found many variations of it online and am pretty happy with the result. I will build a frame up behind the bench and attach the tool board, with room under to store my end caps, ferrals, ball bearings etc.
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Old 08-18-19, 01:37 PM
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Finally got most of the stuff out of my garage and into the almost finished shed. I get my work area back now!





Stiffened up my Blackburn Workstand with some steel guide rods from an old crib:


Red and white shelves at the end will get a truing stand.
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Old 08-20-19, 08:08 PM
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Tight quarters in a studio apartment. This old drafting table serves its purpose as a bike workbench however. Currently covered in parts which are all going into a build project.

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moved to a new place, setting up my new shop; quite a change, the old place had more room but was a humid hole in the ground.

Nowhere near finished, only installed the new workbench, the vise, and the workstand so far (and yes, i know one shouldn't put a fork in the vice like this)




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Old 08-21-19, 07:06 AM
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@martl, cool vice!
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Old 08-21-19, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by BFisher View Post
@martl, cool vice!
I've managed to subdue most of my vices.
But I still have some vises.
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Old 08-21-19, 07:25 AM
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gnagnagna... of course, we were taught the queen's english at school, my dear ladies and sirs.

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Old 08-21-19, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
I've managed to subdue most of my vices.
But I still have some vises.


You got me! I read his description and followed right along. I was an English major!

Where's my coffee?
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Old 08-21-19, 08:36 AM
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here's a pic of my clean, well organized shop

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Old 08-21-19, 08:59 AM
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Nice! Lots to look at here. Almost overwhelming. Where did I put that 10mm wrench?

What kind of work stand is that?
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Old 08-21-19, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
moved to a new place, setting up my new shop; quite a change, the old place had more room but was a humid hole in the ground.

Nowhere near finished, only installed the new workbench, the vise, and the workstand so far (and yes, i know one shouldn't put a fork in the vice like this)



That vise looks like it means business! Can you show us a couple more pictures of it?
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Old 08-21-19, 09:19 AM
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I wish I would find this thread before....Just finished building this summer in the basement,


and in the garage


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Originally Posted by Hobbiano View Post
That vise looks like it means business! Can you show us a couple more pictures of it?
Leinen cast iron toolmakers vise on an optional rotary stand, 125mm jaws, 32kg assembed.
Got it for free, just neaded some tlc with a rotary braided wirebrush and a new paintjob (factory color).

rusted-in BB cones are known to have jumped out of the frame voluntarily at the sheer sight of it.






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Originally Posted by mpetry912 View Post
here's a pic of my clean, well organized shop

Mark Petry
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This is great and it reminds me much of my old place. I hope to achieve that sort of inspiring surroundings soon in my new place...
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@martl , I have never seen a bench vice like this one before and I'm a machinist . Is there a jib for the dovetail ?

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Haven't had a chance to organize for a while, but so far this year 2 bikes have been built up from frames, a complete restoration and overhaul of another completed for a friend and load of fleet maintenance has happened. Hopefully over the winter I will have another 200+ sqft of barn space closed in for bike stuff and the wood shop can get its fair share of the floor back. Its been 8 years but I still use the disclaimer that my last shop space was an 80x80' aircraft hanger.....



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Originally Posted by mpetry912 View Post
here's a pic of my clean, well organized shop

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I thought my work shop was bad before I redid it this summer. You win by a margin

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Work in progress and all.
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
Leinen cast iron toolmakers vise on an optional rotary stand, 125mm jaws, 32kg assembed.
Got it for free, just neaded some tlc with a rotary braided wirebrush and a new paintjob (factory color).

rusted-in BB cones are known to have jumped out of the frame voluntarily at the sheer sight of it.





I like that vise a lot! Mine is a cheap one from a discount tool store (Harbor Freight) but it hasn't seen a fixed cup it couldn't defeat yet. A bench vise is such a great tool to have. Especially if it looks like yours!
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