Solid Hard Maple Workbench

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Blog entry by W00DY posted 01-11-2012 04:36 AM 4608 reads 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am using solid hard maple, which ended up costing quite a lot here in Georgia :-(

This is the same design and plans that Dock17 I believe built. I didnt do the maple/cherry alternating patters like he did, but so far its looking good and its extremely heavy and very solid. I dont think I could have bought something like this for under $2000 so I guess the $1000 of wood will still end up saving me some money. I’ll post more as I progress with the top and vices.

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 04:56 AM

Wow, that’s going to be a great addition to your shop! I hope you don’t plan to move it around much!

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 05:03 AM

You can say that again! Honestly I have to have help just to move the pieces around. It comes apart with bolts so moving, while it will be tough, is possible with a little help. Trying to squeez this into a 2 car garage will be my next challenge. I’ll probably move it a dozen times before I find the right spot for it, maybe right smack in the middle!

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 05:07 AM

The other problem is dealing with 10’ plus 2” thick Hard maple in the shop. Each plank is a beast to move around by itself.

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 05:29 AM

Looks great! I am building a workbench as well right now. Nowhere as nice as yours! BTW…. I’m just down the road from you. I live on the Suwanee/Cumming line. Just starting to get into woodworking. Looking forward to seeing some more projects from you.


-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 05:44 AM

Nice looking bench Woody. Should last you a while JB

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 05:48 AM

We’re really close then I live just on the Gwinnett side of the Chattahoochee River. We’re fortunate to have some pretty good lumber yards close by.

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 01:25 PM

You’ve got a classic workbench! I love working with beautiful maple. What finish did you use?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 01:45 PM

You picked really, really well—design AND materials.

Buy once, cry once.

That’s a thing of beauty. I hope your grandkids like it, because … it’s going to be around for a few generations !

Thanks for sharing….

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 02:19 PM

Your building yourself a really nice work bench and it will serve you well.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-12-2012 02:55 AM

The finish will be rubbed 1 part Boiled Linseed Oil, 1 part Turpentine, and 1 part beeswax. This should make for easy cleanup and touchup in the future.

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#11 posted 01-12-2012 05:36 AM

Nice. I think you will find the maple was a great choice. Thanks for the pics.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 06:45 PM

Nice looking work bench!! I’m wondering if you get your lumber from the suwanee lumber company I live in calhoun, I’m thinking of going there.
Thanks for sharing!

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#13 posted 02-13-2012 08:14 PM

Ok, all done, didnt think it would be as complicated as it was. Work got in the way and I was finally able to finish it up. It works incredibly well and is indeed solid as a rock.

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