Workbench built by Axel K., Hohenpeißenberg, Germany
While planning his versatile workbench, Axel K. looked at many examples of similar benches in search of good ideas. He said that this helped him a great deal in optimising his own design. The only parts of the bench that purchased were the metal vice assemblies, and the bench hold downs. The rest of the bench he made himself.
The bench is 230 cm long, by 100 cm wide, and has a comfortable working height of 95 cm. It is entirely made in solid beech wood. It can be taken completely apart, but sits there like its feet are set in cement, as one would expect with a bench weighing 150 kg. The bench top is composed of two main sections, otherwise they would be too heavy to move by hand.
The Twin Vice from Veritas could replace the double screw vice he used. But Axel K. decided that for his purposes, the two screws work well enough.
Particularly practical is the possibility to use one of the bench hold downs to support boards to be edge planed along the side of the bench. This is a good solution to the age-old problem of holding long boards in place, as they so often slip or move while planing.
The roller for the leg vice’s guide stick is made of a scrap of ebony. The locking mechanism that allows for parallel clamping with the leg vice allows the vice board to be shifted out automatically. To move the board toward the table one must use a foot pedal to raise the locking bar.
The plane stops for planing small pieces were sawed and filed out of a flat bar of 8 mm steel.
A clamping jig for working small pieces on the bench top.
The self-made wooden bench dogs are prevented from sliding through the bench with a spring-ball stop.
The workbench was made in 2005 and has proved itself well through the years.