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Completed using Matt Kenney’s plan from finewoodworking.com. The video workshop was a big help. Used reclaimed machime crate 4 by 4s and red oak 4/4 lumber rejects from furnature projects for the base (made several knot sandwitches). Used 8/4 common white oak for the top. The hardware cost more than the lumber. Picked this plan because it solves all my workbench complaints. Increased the height to 35 1/2″ to match my existing bench. This bench is a very heavy and rock solid monster.
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how do you install the top
Can you tell us if/how you fastened the top to the base? I downloaded Matt's plans, but didn't see any mention of how to do that.
Thanks (and to everyone behind the scene) for the video and plans for the "Monster Workbench". I'm curious, how tall are relative to the bench height? I ask, as I'm 6'2" and often find conventional work benches, e.g., my kitchen counter top, the bench on which I learned sheet metal layout, et. al., to be too short for comfortable work. For the record, I like hand tools, but readily use power tools to remove waste quickly. Thoughts?
You would have to mention the chain. It wasn't easy to cut to size and when I did it was one link too short. fortunately there was an extra link in the kit. With the extra link everything was fine. I guess correcting your mistakes is part of the craft.
seventhson, Thanks for posting the pictures. Question: how long did it take you to install the vise? As I remember it... that bicycle chain took a little while to install during filming! :)
Thanks for the comment. Your bench design and instructions were just what I needed. With 360 degree access to the bench it's hard to run out of room. Added a planing stop to the other end. Since I built the bench I have been making about every type of bench hook,shooting board, miter type thingee imaginable to use hand tools on my new workbench. You may have some responsibility for this. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
Nice job seventhson. And good decision to use the wood you had available. I hope the bench continues to be a good fit for you.
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