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Re: Have a workbench?

Hey downeast450, I like this thread. I did some down seizing a while back and now most projects get done on or around the boat . Not so many down below . One thing I did for out side was to get a clamp welded on a vise and now I can clamp it to the Lazzerett (sp?) lid. When I'm done hacking on something , then I can wash the swarth down the scuppers . All organic swarth of coarse! Larry Pardy has some pictures of his work shop, that is on his boat in his book The Self Sufficient Sailor . Also in Bruce Binghams book The Sailor's Sketch Book, he shows a outside chart table . I think that could be beefed up to double as a work bench .
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Hey downeast450, I like this thread. I did some down seizing a while back and now most projects get done on or around the boat . Not so many down below . One thing I did for out side was to get a clamp welded on a vise and now I can clamp it to the Lazzerett (sp?) lid. When I'm done hacking on something , then I can wash the swarth down the scuppers . All organic swarth of coarse! Larry Pardy has some pictures of his work shop, that is on his boat in his book The Self Sufficient Sailor . Also in Bruce Binghams book The Sailor's Sketch Book, he shows a outside chart table . I think that could be beefed up to double as a work bench .
Mark,

Thanks for the information. I like the C- clamp welded to a vise as a mount.

I may attach a couple of robust, stylized knees opposite each other at the opening of the 1/4 birth that will support a removable cross beam. The beam could support one end of a small bench top with a couple of sturdy fold away legs. It would give me the "depth" of the 1/4 birth for long things. I can mount the removable vise on it. It will all store right in the 1/4 birth against the engine space bulkhead. Might be something that will work. Finished in distress marks, oil stains and clamp dents with no worries! It make sense to temporarily bolt the vise in place when needed with wing nuts for easy removal. No more holding things with one hand and a hacksaw with the other. Ha!

No conflicts with galley or any other activity and handy to the companion way.

Time to take some measurements.

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Here is a clamp made to work with vice Buy Vice Accessories Bench clamp mounting base,190mm H RS 60405 online from RS for next day delivery.

And you can get clamp mounted vice Irwin 3 in. Clamp-On Vise-226303ZR at The Home Depot
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Re: Have a workbench?

For those with a boat too small for an onboard lathe, in "This Old Boat" (I think) I saw a nifty solution: Drill holes in your cockpit lazarette/seat, and bolt a vice on underneath. When you need it, unbolt it (and probably a worksurface), move onto the top, bolt down.
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My boat is only 36 foot so, no boat is to small for a man cave lol
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My boat is only 36 foot so, no boat is to small for a man cave lol
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You have the room for a machine shop. Very cool!

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Re: Have a workbench?

Having a dedicated work shop aboard was one of the main selling points of our boat for us. I honestly don't know what I would do without it at this point. I have every thing from a small welder to almost any hand tool you could need packed away in there. Its definitely the most used space aboard.
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Having a dedicated work shop aboard was one of the main selling points of our boat for us. I honestly don't know what I would do without it at this point. I have every thing from a small welder to almost any hand tool you could need packed away in there. Its definitely the most used space aboard.
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I strongest arguments I have with myself arguing about buying a larger boat are engine access and a work space. The more extended time we spend on our I-28, the stronger they become.

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Re: Have a workbench?

I've often wondered how my fender board might double as a workbench. That's a great idea, Hugosalt.
I can't see the need for either marine plywood or hardwood for a below-decks bench. I'm planning to build one that will sit on braces to port of my c'way ladder, and dismount easily for storage on a shelf above the quarterberth. Then I can stop dripping epoxy all over my nav desk and gouging up the top step of my ladder. I'll build it from a piece of 2x8 or 10 pine, unfinished. Used and stowed dry belowdecks, should be easy to duplicate if it's ever necessary. Banging gouging will wear it out long before moisture does.
For a vise, I've looked at a drill press vise at Harbor Freight. It's meant to hold odd-shaped small parts at different angles, but will also hold larger stuff--it looks much more versatile than a standard bench vise.
I just have to work out a way to hang it so it mounts and dismounts easily, and maybe is also long enough to double as a fenderboard.
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John,

You are right! Pine would be fine!

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