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Roanoke, VA
United States

As I rent, I share a workspace with a housemate. Unfortunately we are polar opposites, I am OCD, meticulous, and well organized. He…..is not. I built my carving bench based on a design my father came up with for his general workbench in my childhood home. Primarily my design is bigger, 48”Wx 58”L (made with 2-3 people in mind for now, and 1 person and some small power bench tools in the future), and more heavily constructed. I used pressure treat for the legs in case of water exposure (we had 1/2” of water over most of the basement floor last year after 3 days of heavy rain), standard pine lumber for the frame, and 2” yellow pine for the top with 3 coats of poly. I originally was looking for red oak, but it was not available at the time in the width I wanted and white oak was very costly. Maple was a consideration, but working on a disability income the pine was the best option considering that if a section became to damaged to be functional it could be replaced inexpensively. After a year, the surface has only a few nicks in it and is holding up very well. A few months after construction I added a 9” Wood River vise and a bench dog system. While my workshop is a small space, less than 150sq ft., it suites almost every need for the moment, all I am missing is a centrally located bench grinder (we have one in the garage which is unheated), a bench top drill press for drilling chip relief holes, and a small band saw for removing excess material from a carving blank. All of which I hope to have in my own home, God willing, by the end of next year!

-- Michael, Roanoke VA.


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VCF

66 posts in 170 days


#1 posted 170 days ago

Great bench. This is one thing I really need to upgrade in my shop.
I think all woodworkers need to be a little OCD. It makes you work on a project until it’s perfect.
Good luck with the house hunting.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture, https://sites.google.com/site/viethcustomfurniture/

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#2 posted 170 days ago

Nice build… Wondering about the space you use as a shop. Is that a living room? Seeing a brick fireplace in a workshop these days is a bit different is all..

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

114 posts in 172 days


#3 posted 169 days ago

Thanks peoples! I had fun with the bench, and it was economical, about $225.00 in materials, minus the vise. db, the workshop is in a semi-finished basement, the fireplace is nice, warm in our brief Virginia winters, and a great way to get rid of carving chips!

-- Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#4 posted 165 days ago

Awsome! I do love that fireplace for sure!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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