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    My new workbench top is done (for now)

    I added my twin screw vise last weekend and drilled the dog holes this weekend. I'll actually get to use it next weekend. I am so excited I can't hardly stand it. I must admit that I measured at least 6 times before I drilled my first dog hole for fear of wrecking something I had worked on so lovingly. Yes I said "lovingly" - I expect most of you will understand....

    It is 3/4 maple and walnut wrapped around a solid core office door. Length 90" x 36" x 2.5". Dog holes are are 9" apart with 6" spacing from the vise end.

    Once I am done with Christmas gifts and other neglected projects, I will be building a proper base which will allow for holdfast clearance and drawers for tool storage.

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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Looking good, Matt.
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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Nice job but it looks too good, spill some dye on it or burn it with an iron. I have done both

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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Looking great, I'm excited for you. And a little of what Phil said
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    Wow, that looks great Matt.
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    Sweet! Look forward to seeing it w/ the base.
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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Nice, how did you drill your dog holes if you don't mind me asking?

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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Looks great and is on my to do list also. I would start the break-in process with a coffee ring or two before I gouge,stain, or cut into it!

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    To all who commented on how good it looks, I have a confession. I actually marred it before it was even finished. As I was drilling the final hole for the speed knob on the twin screw vice I drilled right through my scab and about 1/4" into the surface. Now that it is no longer pristine, I can treat it like a workbench.

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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Jeremy,
    Of course I don't mind you asking. I made a "bushing jig" with 3/4 in bolts. I'll send a photo and description this weekend when I get back down to the shop.
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    Great job Matt! This will serve you for many years to come!

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    Matt that is beautiful! Great job!


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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Quote Originally Posted by mpholway View Post
    To all who commented on how good it looks, I have a confession. I actually marred it before it was even finished. As I was drilling the final hole for the speed knob on the twin screw vice I drilled right through my scab and about 1/4" into the surface. Now that it is no longer pristine, I can treat it like a workbench.
    Clear epoxy will fix that nicely

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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    I have been watching some videos on how woodworkers have designed their benches, specifically which kind of vice they used. I really like what you have here. I think the dog holes on the vice will come into great use. This is a characteristic I intend on designing into my own bench some day. Best of luck

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    Re: My new workbench top is done (for now)

    Matt, I would really appreciate that. I need to drill dog holes in a bench that I just completed.

    Quote Originally Posted by mpholway View Post
    Jeremy,
    Of course I don't mind you asking. I made a "bushing jig" with 3/4 in bolts. I'll send a photo and description this weekend when I get back down to the shop.
    Matt
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