New Workbench in the Barn

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New Workbench in the Barn

Postby Stanton » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:56 pm

Picked up some 2x4s and 2x6s from a house construction site (from the trash pile) and decided I needed a workbench. Made a similar styled one for my basement workshop some years back and it turned out nice; very sturdy. Two 2x4s glued together for each leg and connecting stringers at base; 2x6 stringers between legs--(2) below, (2) under a 36"x6'8" solid, slab door. Mortise and tendon joints and bolts hold it together. A piece of 1/8" masonite hardboard was cut to fit the top; it's tacked around the perimeter and can be replaced when worn out.

Once the bench was built, I needed a vise. Wanted an good ol' USA made one, but people selling them on Craig*list want too much. Attended a couple auctions over the last month and didn't find one. Then, last Saturday, we attended an auction that wasn't too big, but had tools (and pictures on their website). They had a nice 5" Wilton vise with anvil and also listed "Old Vise". Ended up buying this old one because they sold it off before the other one. Brought it home, dismantled it, degreased and wire wheeled it down. Jaw opening width is over 5-1/2" on a 5" width.

It fits the bench well and works nice.
Used lumber workbench.

Columbian Vise, refinished and mounted.

Just sitting on the bench before it was refinished.
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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby Indy4570 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:03 pm

I like it, gotta love a columbian vise. i snagged one at an auction a while back, not like yours, yours is a classic!
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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby Shane Nelson » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:18 pm

Looks great!
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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:37 pm

Nice job Stanton!
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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby randallc » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:59 am

That is looking good.
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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby Jeff Silvey » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:40 am

Looks nice.
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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby tomcat » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:01 am

Nice I sure need that vice,l have two of the old blacksmith vice just laying out there in the shop sure need to do something with them

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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:01 am

Nice! The early, good Craftsman vises were made by Columbian out of real cast iron.
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Re: New Workbench in the Barn

Postby Mr E » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:09 am

You can never have too many vises! Especially if you host a cub Fest!
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