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How to make a Split-Top Roubo Woodworking Bench for under $200 part II

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How to make a Split-Top Roubo Woodworking Bench for under $200 part II

I got around to cutting off the ends of the workbench today. Since it was 5" deep I had to use a circular saw and cut to its maximum depth, then flip it over and do the other half, and finally cut through the last 1-1/2" with a handsaw.   Before doing that, I mated the two halves together and clamped them. Then, I used a straight edge that was placed exactly 90 degrees to the long side. And finally, I cut them as one piece.  After unclamping, and flipping, I repeated the same procedure. There is really no other...

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How to make a Split-Top Roubo Woodworking Bench for Under $200

How to make a Split-Top Roubo Woodworking Bench for Under $200

I am building a new Woodworking bench for my shop. I decided on a split top Roubo bench. I want something really heavy and with a really thick stable table top. But I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on a professional woodworking bench. So I designed this. I created a project where I can have the same thing for less than a couple hundred dollars. I purchased my lumber at my local big box store. I chose Douglas Fir but virtually any dimensional lumber will work including things like Southern yellow Pine. I bought only 2x6's to make...

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How to make an all wood version of a machinist's vise - Part 2 - Wood Selection

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How to make an all wood version of a machinist's vise - Part 2 - Wood Selection

I have a lot of turning blanks of various exotic woods. Many of which will fit perfectly for the components of our vise. Those combined with a Purple heart and an African Padauk board should just about do it. The primary wood types we are using is Purpleheart, East Indian Rosewood, African Padauk, Marblewood, and for the jaws, the densest wood in the world - Lignum vitae. The main screw for the vise is a 2" diameter threaded steel rod. The threaded rod is a beast with a weight of 20 lbs. by itself. With the dynamic jaw complete, we will...

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How to make an all wood version of a machinist's vise

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How to make an all wood version of a machinist's vise

After building my all wood oak c-clamps, I was inspired to make a vise. I wanted something similar to a machinist's vise, like this: This is one of my metal working vises and I am modeling my design on this. I also plan to  make some woodworking bench vises too, But I wanted to give this a try. This style of vise is really quite simple. It has two primary components that are attached by a screw. The parts are the dynamic jaw, which is the one that moves in and out. And the static jaw, which is mounted to...

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