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SOURCE THE BENCH—   They sell them at Sam’s and Amazon, they are metal… and I had one in the garage, used on the terrace for outdoor cooking,  some polish and years of neglect washed right off, like new.  At 97 degrees and 78% humidity I was thinking of enclosing the terrance, I am on the fifth floor making my living toom bigger and the HOA denied it. The fire department also closed the  terrace for cooking electric, natural  gas, coal,  and napalm.  I had a free table. metal but a good one. With a useless terrace  — too hot  —  I may make a garden out of it growing herbs.

Later on I inherited twenty perfect black boards from an overrun on a job we were doing.  And Black boards matter  —   I found another shelf and added it to the existing one and then magnetic strips, drilled and screwed to ends for tools.

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But like all 8 x 10 foot spaces in your home,  or my condo,  you are limited in space layout.  I need the bench to be flexible and adaptable to four disciplines. 

Battery packs, Soldering mini-computers, Macro photography, Photo Studio for Passports, and Fishing projects, namely making Flies, spinnerbaits, large and small, sabiki, NED rigs etc —   

I wanted wheels not wood this is going in my carpeted spare room not the garage. And I run a carpet cleaner occasionally.

Everything in the room goes on magnetic boards regardless of the job, simply the boards with added steel sections in different layouts.

Whether its Computer soldering on ARDUINO or (and I have it all grounded)  PHOTOGRAPHY and Fishing Accessories.  I have six or so primary boards, basically it allows a convertible room and workspace.  Racks hold specific duty boards not being used.   I use the table in metal as it is grounded from an outlet 


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Work Area Accessories  — Boards 

The boards have advantages — I can change direction in seconds to another project and everything stays in place 

The boards extend five inches ov er the edge which allows me more leg room — 

I did lower the table thee inches, ten minutes with a simple hacksaw  —  

the boards can work on both my extra desk and my workbench  —  Dual Purpose

I used common parts from Home Depot, those stair brackets you see on the bottom edge of the board above the red type so two can be linked together with a shot 1/4x20 not and bolt — a super strong combination.

All my jigs, vices, and holders have magnets for bases… 

Most vices and setups start with either a clamp you mess up that fine Victorian table your wife found and paid too much for at an auction or a piece of cast steel or fancy engraved bronze casting you paid too much for.   

I had two clamps I got at a junk pile and added my perfection bracket, same for melding two boards and created the duel clamp after a good cleaning and some black paint.

With magnets on the vices, I had either a two vice set up, or one vice with one of my pawns… You will soon see what a pawn is….

They were fitted with rubber on the inside of the clamp, so as not to scratch

The “ Clamper” retains all three holes in the top for various accessories…

I can also hard attach a vise with no magnet — and two clamps offer tremendous stability. 

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Rise Of The Boarders  --

Once again size matters and storage is important when thats all you have to work with and I made four of these extension boards to use on any of my desks or workbench

They double the actual usable working space and create a  focus point.   They allow my legs to fit under and adjust where I want to put  my vices in distance from me

The clamps and the width of the opening were made by “ God" What did I do to be so lucky to have an absolute perfect size and a perfect fit to hang and tuck under.

When in place they do not move…period… tough stuff

100% leftover parts and tools not being used, now invaluable as far as work are is concerned  The bench provides perfect storage space for the boards

All of my additional accessories, magnet based, work with these boards

Lights for precise work, cell phone holder, spool holders and tools used for soldering, clamps and vices for electronics are happy-happy and singing Kumbaya.

LARGE FLY STREAMER BOARD  —  I live in Largo, Tampa Bay  Florida and through friends and boat owners we can tangle with all sorts of creatures things in our lakes, bays, estuaries, intra-coastal or gulf waters. 

  • I made it double thick from two pieces of Starboard I had, with no-slip feet.  It doesn’t budge — 
  • Topped it with metal plates so different vices can come and go shown above is for tubes working through a pin vice
  • With a sixteen pound magnet the vice is going no where but can be swiveled and tilted  —  
  • Craft stores —  Larger heavier threads and big needles that I use to make larger lures —  
  • Tube Mandrel and Tubes — Mandrels for these large tube flies come from felting needles (36 Gauge) and the larger onesLarger tube mandrels are made from bicycle spokes and Stainless rods shaped.


  • PIN-VICE -   I took one half of a large X-Acto knife, drilled and tapped  it for 1/4 x 20, 
  • The head screwed on with JS Locktite
  • I drilled the other end with a 1/4 inch hole, flattened both sides, couple turns with a file, used another of those handgrips and magnet for the base.  
  • Close to 16 pounds to release.  Better than any clamp. 
  • The smaller guy behind the pin vise is a bobbin holder.  The poppers and small flies are for color.  


All the vices I use with the Little persons or friends have a place called the garage, again magnetic, or steel plated and built from Black Starboard.  When you can create a workable workspace in a small area and comfortably work each of the different scenarios, it’s a cool feeling. These are teaching level vices for the kids. I took some inexpensive ones and rebuilt them, basically taking over when the folks from INDIA stopped finishing,  crude and cheap.   I re-tapped, and rebuilt them