Woodworking Bench #1: Maple and Cherry work bench

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Blog entry by DocK16 posted 10-24-2009 06:58 AM 8413 reads 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have always used my assembly table as a work bench but after recently acquiring a truck load of hard maple from a local farmer the first thing I decided to build was a new woodworking bench. I’m using the plans from a recent issue of Woodsmith Magazine. The first picture is half the top, a mix of hard maple and cherry. the other half is standing in the background. top

The base is also hard maple glued up from 4/4 stock

As it’s supposed to rain all weekend I hope to be able to post some finished pics by Sunday.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#1 posted 10-24-2009 07:12 AM

Good start Doc

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#2 posted 10-24-2009 09:06 AM

Good progress. Funny, just pulled the same issue out a few hrs ago. It’s sitting right next to me. I am also going to be building one soon. How do you think the Cherry will hold up for the top?


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#3 posted 10-24-2009 01:25 PM

Doc, I have had that same issue sitting by my computer for several months now. I had planned to get rid of my assembly table and replace it with a bench after I complete the two vanities that my wife and son have “commissioned”. I enjoyed seeing your benchtop. Cherry and maple are my favorite wood combination so not only is this bench going to be functional it also is going to be a gorgeous addition to your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 10-24-2009 01:33 PM

That’s going to be a beautiful bench Dock. Looking forward to more pics.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#5 posted 10-24-2009 03:59 PM

I love bench builds!!!! don’t spare the film!!!!!!

And i will be a looker with the cherry and the maple!!!!!

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#6 posted 10-24-2009 08:52 PM

Great start!

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