Thanks, John.I pretty much did as you are planning to do. Knock down is a must unless you know you will never have to move it. The wracking resistance is in the size of the shoulders of the long stretchers. The top and bottom end rails are glued joints and the long stretchers are attached with a nut and bolt like a bed bolt arrangement. Mine is all scrounged wood so the top is pine and the legs are blue gum. Keep the top halves narrow enough to go through a thicknesser and you save a load of sweat.
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Enjoy the build.
Just looked at it. Looks neat, but is the vice held on by those tiny screws and the brass dowel? Wouldn't that put pressure on those small fasteners when you tighten the vice or am I missing how it is actually held?You mentioned no tail vice due to it being complex. I’m in the “research” phase and am looking at the HNT Gordon tail vice. Easy to install, looks good, to.
I have a link to a video somewhere, I’ll see if I can find it.Just looked at it. Looks neat, but is the vice held on by those tiny screws and the brass dowel? Wouldn't that put pressure on those small fasteners when you tighten the vice or am I missing how it is actually held?
Good thing is it is retrofittable, so I could do it at a later date when funds allow it, if I feel the need. But very very neat indeed.
It was actually on Instagram. A guy called Ramon Valdez (ramonartful on IG).I have a link to a video somewhere, I’ll see if I can find it.
I didn’t widen the wholes in the bearers, but I did use a drill bit 1.5mm wider than the diameter of the threaded rod, just in case. I have had no movement at all as far as I can tell and that was plenty. I did just check and noticed that three of my four nuts had come loose over the last 18 months without me noticing any movement at all in the bench. Perhaps a bit of loctite or nylon nuts would be a good idea to make sure they never work loose though? But as I say, it hasn’t made my bench wobble at all.Couple of questions:
1. When you say the top is bolted, did you elongate the holes on the bearers to account for wood movement?
2. The bench bolts to hold the long stretchers, would you be able to share a picture of that as to where it is?
Glad you brought it up. I was looking at it last night. At 28mm DIA, I thought it was pretty decent.
Yes. But you don't need it. They were designed for the days when huge baulks of timber were worked exclusively by hand. Anything over about 100mm square for legs and 75mm thick for a top is really nothing more than extravagance. Mine is rock solid and not up to those dimensions.The old style massive workbenches also offer a lot of shock absorption with impact loads.