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Marc Ward
03-01-2006, 8:50 PM
I have finally completed my entire bench including the world’s largest end vise. I used the Veritas twin screw vise and put the screws 24” on center. The end vise is the entire width of the table.
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The table is 72” by 48” and 32 inches high. The frame, supports and banding is all ash. The two vise jaws are hard maple.
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The top is 3 layers of 3/4” MDF. I stained it with some poly/stain stuff I had laying around, then put on 4 coats of wipe on ply. Then I waxed it every day for a week.
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The green vice is a small cheap one I bought from Hartville Tool utilizing the Woodnet 20% discount. Works great.
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The only thing left is to put in some dog holes and I am ready for my blanket chest project.

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Steve Clardy
03-01-2006, 9:22 PM
Looks nice Marc!! You going to have some storage area underneath eventually? Drawers, etc.

Marc Ward
03-01-2006, 9:24 PM
Looks nice Marc!! You going to have some storage area underneath eventually? Drawers, etc.

Steve,

Thanks for the compliment.

Yes, I am thinking about a couple of drawer units. I think I can just build a couple of boxes, put in drawers and slide them in on top of the stretchers. I am also going to do that underneath the table on my table saw.

Allen Bookout
03-01-2006, 9:30 PM
Boy are you going to love that thing! Mine is to small, yours is just right. Allen

Kent Parker
03-01-2006, 9:42 PM
Beautiful job Mark! I like the sturdy/simple look. Very functional and even comfortable looking with the radiused edges. I'm sure you be very cautious with it at first....and then the scratchs will accumulate, a few stains and then it will be like your favorite pair of jeans :), all broken in.

Cheers,

KP

Andy Hoyt
03-01-2006, 9:58 PM
Great bench! And the paint job on the floor is darn good too.

Michael Fross
03-01-2006, 10:04 PM
Looks great! I just bought the 24" Veritas twin vise as well and it will arrive on Friday. I'm finishing up some bookshelves and a new workbench is next.

Now, if only I had the time to finish "The Workbench Book"....

When you start using it, please let us know the pros and cons.

Cheers and nicely done.

Michael

Karl Laustrup
03-01-2006, 10:06 PM
Marc, that is a great looking bench. Should give you years of WW service.

Karl

Ken Fitzgerald
03-01-2006, 10:09 PM
Outstanding bench Marc! Great craftsmanship!

Marc Ward
03-01-2006, 10:41 PM
Mine is to small, yours is just right. Allen

I had the Festool MFT 1080, sold it. I want some real estate to work on.

Marc Ward
03-01-2006, 10:43 PM
....and then the scratchs will accumulate, a few stains and then it will be like your favorite pair of jeans :), all broken in.

Cheers,

KP

Thanks Kent. I already kinda started the breaking in process in that I applied the poly kinda squirrely, so the top is kinda weird already. Oh well, it is just a matter of time anyway.

Marc Ward
03-01-2006, 10:44 PM
I just bought the 24" Veritas twin vise as well and it will arrive on Friday.Michael

Michael, thanks for the kind words.

If you need any help with the install, just pm me and I will help you with it. The instructions are pretty good, but not perfect.

Jim Becker
03-01-2006, 10:55 PM
I guess you will not be lifting that puppy up with one hand! A bit 'o mass there with the three layers of MDF... ;)

Nice job on this project, Marc.

Marc Ward
03-01-2006, 11:09 PM
I guess you will not be lifting that puppy up with one hand! A bit 'o mass there with the three layers of MDF... ;)

Nice job on this project, Marc.

Thanks, Jim. Yes it is heavy. Took quite an effort to get the top on the frame. Luckily I have a sturdy wife...would have been impossible by myself.

Julio Navarro
03-01-2006, 11:30 PM
Looks very well put together and just says strength. I like it, good luck with it and cant wait to see pics of all the projects that you use it for.