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    Workbench Plans?

    Anoyone got any soft copy workbench plans they could send me? Something ROCK SOLID with two vises, benchdog holes and a few drawers.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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    Hi Dan.

    Here is a PLAN that was in the November 2004 Popular Mechanics. It think I would fill the 'rock solid' requirement, but does not have drawers. The design is simple and IMO could be easily modified.
    Best Regards, Ken

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    Thanks for the responses

    Thanks, Nice plans too.

    Dan

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    ShopNotes 15 / 89 and the latest Woodsmith. I don't have soft copies; copyright laws and all that. They may be worth a look just for comparison or for integrating some of the features into whatever you build.
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    Here's a link to my bench in SketchUp - a single vise in my case but adding a second would not be much of an issue.

    http://tinyurl.com/32uy7m
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    thanks again.

    thanks,

    Dan

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    Question

    Maybe I'm breaching protocol since this is my first post here, but I've been reading the new Woodsmith plans on the workbench and when I priced it out for lumber only, I get about $600.00. Is this right? Seems you could by a top quality one for less.

    David Holmes

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Holmes View Post
    Maybe I'm breaching protocol since this is my first post here, but I've been reading the new Woodsmith plans on the workbench and when I priced it out for lumber only, I get about $600.00. Is this right? Seems you could by a top quality one for less.
    "Top quality" benches often go for in excess of $1000-1500 if you were to buy them at retail.

    Are you pricing out rough lumber for the plan you are considering?
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    I just took the board feet and looked at some prices online for hard maple per board foot at the required widths and depths.

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    Expenses

    Yup, Ive been estimating prices on mine too. I got "The Workbench Book" and have gotten a lot of nice ideas to incorporate. I figure after i buy all the hardware and rough lumber, i'll have at least $1000.00 in the materials alone.

    Does anyone have any experience with or know where to get those adjustable aluminum stops. They are inset flush with the workbench surface and can raise up to hold work in place like a benchdog. Does anyone even know what i'm talking about? They are in The Workbench Book on one of the workbenches.

    Also, anyone know where i can get hold of an Emmert Turtleback model 83 vise? lol I'll probably have to sell off one of my arms to get one of those.


    thanks,

    Dan

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    Bench Stops

    Is this what you are looking for?

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...48&cat=1,41637

    Regards
    Derek

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    yup, thats them.

    thanks.

    decent price too.

    anyone got these on their table? any reviews from SMC members?

    i'd be interested in hearing how the hold up and if there are any disadvantages compared to regular benchdogs.

    Dan

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    Bench Plans

    Dan,

    I built a bench using Keith Ruckers pages as Tom Henry linked for you. Rucker lays it out very clearly and his plan makes a great bench. Good Luck.

    John
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    You guys gotta get your wood in different places. I pay 2$/bd ft for hard maple. What kind of prices are you looking at? My bench used about 70 bd ft (including waste) for the top.


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