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    • Beginning Woodworking: Making a Bench Bull - a Basic Miniature Multipurpose Workbench
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  • Beginning Woodworking: Making a Bench Bull - a Basic Miniature Multipurpose Workbench

    Another great portable one is the milkman's workbench by Chris Schwartz, might have a go at that when I've mastered bridle joints...

    There's only two rooms downstairs in the house so you're looking at the dining/kitchen table in the pics! I'll have to float the idea we need to replace it maybe... :)

    I have a very understanding wife! :)

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  • Beginning Woodworking: Making a Bench Bull - a Basic Miniature Multipurpose Workbench

    I had a look at scaffolding jack screws alright, there's some really ingenious approaches to making a moxon out there. Another one I've seen is the bar from weight sets which is 1" threaded steel. Unfortunately shipping is a killer unless thye can be found locally!My intention is to do a budget version of the fancy benchcrafted one. They are kind enough to provide detailed specs of their design, most of the cost is for the tapped handwheels. I've ordered a set of 350mm length x 20mm diameter leadscrews with a single hex nut each (€40 delivered) and will be making up my own handwheels. I've scrounged all the other bits needed and have figured out a way to fix the screws in a way that doesn't require a second lock nut (They are more expensive then the lead screws themselves!) s...see more »I had a look at scaffolding jack screws alright, there's some really ingenious approaches to making a moxon out there. Another one I've seen is the bar from weight sets which is 1" threaded steel. Unfortunately shipping is a killer unless thye can be found locally!My intention is to do a budget version of the fancy benchcrafted one. They are kind enough to provide detailed specs of their design, most of the cost is for the tapped handwheels. I've ordered a set of 350mm length x 20mm diameter leadscrews with a single hex nut each (€40 delivered) and will be making up my own handwheels. I've scrounged all the other bits needed and have figured out a way to fix the screws in a way that doesn't require a second lock nut (They are more expensive then the lead screws themselves!) so hopefully will be able to bring it in at about €50 total with all the hardware reusable in future.

    Thanks! Not an original, but my take on it anyway. Can't believe the difference between this and a workmate though, I didn't appreciate how much flex the folding benches have when planing.

    Thanks, it was a fun build! Learned a lot of the basics doing it.

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