Workbench for $175 #3: It lives !!

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 12-24-2010 03:49 AM 6223 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The to-do list—never final, as I’m learning—now consists of:

- Drilling the dog holes (awaiting the arrival of the 3/4”, 17” long Bosch auger bit)
- Installing the face vise
- Framing the front, back, and sides with 3/4” hardwood (thanks, Steve !)
- Deciding whether or not I want to hit it with Danish Oil

But … it’s dead flat, roughly 36” working surface (seems perfect for me), and …. will probably come in right around that $175 mark, if I can buy the hardwood trim pieces right. That includes the Veritas vise, handle, bench dogs, and Wonder Dog.

The ends are trimmed up. All the edges were broken with a chamfer bit. It’s all sanded to 180 grit. Some BIG OL’ lag bolts hold the top to the base. It’s not going anywhere.

So … not quite a finished project, but another step in the blog series ;-)

Merry Christmas … and Happy Holidays, to all !

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 03:54 AM

Looks great!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 04:25 AM

So cool, I cant wait to see it done.
Marry christmas,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 04:52 AM

Very cool.
Merry christmas, and a happy New Year….

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#4 posted 12-24-2010 05:33 AM

Very nice, I need a bench like that. AND a band saw like that!

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 06:31 AM

Pretty good blog series. Your workbench looks great!

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 06:49 AM

Looking great, Neil, you are gonna like that bench….......and you are already storing things under it….......(-:

Watco clear will look good, and stink up the shop…......I know…...........


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 07:00 AM

Sweet! That’s what I’m talking about, nice solid bench, clean design, very affordable! Merry Christmas Neil!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 07:35 AM

Excellent work. Love the details.


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#9 posted 12-24-2010 08:13 AM

Neil, thats a great workbench.

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#10 posted 12-24-2010 11:26 AM

Neil your bench is coming along great.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 12-24-2010 01:17 PM

It is all together, looking good Neil.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 12-24-2010 01:43 PM

Very nice, Neil. It looks elegant AND solid!
Merry Christmas.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 12-24-2010 02:55 PM

Looks mighty handsome, just sitting there.

So you are going to wrap all 4 sides with a maple skirt? I was thinking about expansion/contraction if you wrap the end-grain ends with side-grain maple. That is why I just went with two skirts. I glued the front skirt. My end skirt is dovetailed to the front in the corner, and slides on a tenon. Guess I was little cautious. (?) So I think if you wrap all 4 sides, then don’t connect the skirts together at all 4 of the corners.

Anyway, food for thought.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 12-24-2010 07:31 PM

Sweet Neil!

Is it too late to put one on my Santa list? ;)


ps Merry Christmas

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#15 posted 12-24-2010 07:38 PM

Thanks—as always—to all !

Steve: EXCELLENT point about wrapping all four sides. Expansion would render my (naturally) perfect miters VERY imperfect ! I’ll have to think on that one, a bit !

Paul: the Santa I believe in … loves that after-Christmas sales, so …. never too late :-)

Hoping to post the dog-holed, vise-installed, finished project soon.

Meanwhile, some hiking in our beautiful local State Park, today, and—with a big bit of luck—skiing tomorrow, and snowshoeing on Sunday !

And … Merry Christmas to you, too, and … to everybody !

-- -- Neil

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