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Calidus
Oct 31, 2011

Stand back I'm going to try science!

I have purchased, used and miss placed a clamp in less than 3 hours.

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revtoiletduck
Aug 21, 2006
smart newbie

more falafel please posted:

I bought all the stuff (minus the sjoberg tail vise) to make the rob cosman workbench. Talk me out of it, and tell me what else I should do with a sheet of 1" MDF.

I'm also in the process of making the cosman workbench, though I could only find 3/4" MDF. Just glued on the last layer yesterday and laying out the vise and dogholes, etc today.

The Anarchist workbench probably is superior, but my skills are pretty poo poo and this will be good enough for a while.

good jovi
Dec 11, 2000

'm pro-dickgirl, and I VOTE!



I looked at the Cosman bench recently, but I couldnít get past the fact that he appears to be attaching the vise with just carriage bolts directly into MDF. Iím surprised that could he strong enough. Iíd be worried about ripping the thing off.

Bloody
Mar 3, 2013



i was just happily flattening a glued up panel when i noticed (via a sharp pain) that i wore a blister in my dominant palm and welp i guess projects are on hold until that heals

revtoiletduck
Aug 21, 2006
smart newbie

good jovi posted:

I looked at the Cosman bench recently, but I couldnít get past the fact that he appears to be attaching the vise with just carriage bolts directly into MDF. Iím surprised that could he strong enough. Iíd be worried about ripping the thing off.

I bought a significantly cheaper vise that uses even fewer screws into the MDF. I'll let you know if I ever tear it off!

NomNomNom
Jul 20, 2008
Please Work Out

Built the Cosman bench last year, no regrets. It's pretty dang heavy all assembled, and with lumber prices being what they are right now probably the most economical bench you can make.



Okay one regret, it's hard to retrofit a tail vise with the way I mounted the top.

Just Winging It
Jan 19, 2012

The buck stops at my ass


A Nicholson/English joiner's style bench is a solid choice that's more economical with the amount of wood that's required and seriously worth considering if your still on the fence. Chris Schwarz's Workbenches book has two good designs, one of them a knockdown version that can be disassembled in case that's ever required, though I don't know if you can still get it. Paul Sellers has a series building a bench in this style on his Youtube-channel if that's more your speed (skip the tool tray though, and make the top completely solid, and also don't be afraid to lower it as his design can be awkwardly high).

Kalman
Jan 17, 2010

USPOL May

Just Winging It posted:

A Nicholson/English joiner's style bench is a solid choice that's more economical with the amount of wood that's required and seriously worth considering if your still on the fence. Chris Schwarz's Workbenches book has two good designs, one of them a knockdown version that can be disassembled in case that's ever required, though I don't know if you can still get it. Paul Sellers has a series building a bench in this style on his Youtube-channel if that's more your speed (skip the tool tray though, and make the top completely solid, and also don't be afraid to lower it as his design can be awkwardly high).

Rex Krueger also has a joiners bench design (and associated videos).

cakesmith handyman
Jul 22, 2007

Pip-Pip old chap! Last one in is a rotten egg what what.



Calidus posted:

I have purchased, used and miss placed a clamp in less than 3 hours.

Buy two more

serious gaylord
Sep 16, 2007

what.


Calidus posted:

I have purchased, used and miss placed a clamp in less than 3 hours.

Well where was the last place you had it?

Calidus
Oct 31, 2011

Stand back I'm going to try science!

I found it clamped to the underside of my bench while cleaning up with the shop vac.

Uthor
Jul 9, 2006

Gummy Bear Heaven ... It's where I go when the world is too mean.

It's just unused to your shop and is looking for somewhere secluded where it could feel safe.

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Wallet
Jun 19, 2006



Speaking of clamps, it's pretty rare for me to need a spreader but yesterday I did. None of my bar clamps are reversible and I briefly had the thought that I should be able to just screw off the end of one of my pipe clamps and reverse it but after looking at them for a minute I realized that the knob you use to tighten all of the ones I have wouldn't have the clearance to turn if it was attached backwards.

Poking around on the internet some of them have a knob that you can slide which should make it possible to use it as a spreader but none of them actually mention that as a feature which makes me wonder if I am missing something.

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