The New Shop #5: Introducing Sir Magnus Von Beefcake - A Workbench

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 08-09-2015 06:35 PM 3333 reads 2 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My newest addition to the shop. Sir Magnus Von Beefcake.

A bit about the materials:
The top, legs, and stretchers are all reclaimed, old(er) growth doug fir timbers that were once the roof columns for a building on the Newington CT, VA campus. They started off as 6”x6” and currently sit at 5×5. The vise chop, vice jaws and deadman came from a single piece of cherry that i bought off a customer who happened to run a sawmill. The handle for the QR vice was turned by LJ bhog, the vice screw was a trade between BigRedKnothead and I, the leg vice handle was another trade between CL810, who turned it, and I. The 203 bench clamp was a recent antique store find. The QR vice came from the relics of my work’s warehouse. All in all ive got about $100 into this bench but uncounted for hours and even more jokes.

The build was pretty straight forward but kept well under wraps. After the beating ive taken in the 2 and a half years it took me to build you all deserve it lol. For those who dont know the bench was started sometime in 2012 maybe 2013, ive lost track. I acquired the lumber over that years winter but as soon as i managed to chop the leg mortises we decided to move, putting the bench on infinite hold. As normal my fat mouth got me in trouble challenging others to a bench off as well as making other obscene challenges. I lost most of them (lookin at you OldFart). We spruced up the old house, sold it, bought a new one and moved into the new house. New house, new shop, new electrical, blah blah blah. I restarted the bench.

Here’s the pics

Next blog will fall back and detail the bench build.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#1 posted 08-09-2015 06:37 PM

Yay!! You sneaky bastage!!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 08-09-2015 06:38 PM

Lj’s is gonna crash when word spreads!

Looks fugging awesome man. Great work!


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#3 posted 08-09-2015 06:47 PM

Oh man, you just took away all of the fun busting you!

Great to see it you sneakster!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 08-09-2015 06:58 PM

Well done

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 07:01 PM

Hold on a second there Slappy McBenchbuild. I know your very talented in computer picture loading and cropping so how do you expect us to believe that bench is real????

Its a beast, well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 08-09-2015 07:29 PM

whimper, sob, now I’m all alone. Way to go Stef( really a crafty bastard), it looks awesome. And total stealth. And those pistons, oh my! Congrats dood, you deserve it.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 07:46 PM

Beefcake! Truly a solid bench you have made there. Congratulations chrisstef!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#8 posted 08-09-2015 07:55 PM

Ha. Consider me amused and impressed.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 08-09-2015 08:02 PM

You. You filthy bastard.

Well done sir.

Well done.

Edit: better get crackin you Old Fart! The heats on you now!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 08-09-2015 08:06 PM

I don’t see any dog holes, so I’m not sure this bench is done. Just sayin’. Farts still has a chance. Also notice there is a certain lack of Bondo-ing happening, as well.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#11 posted 08-09-2015 08:13 PM

Dang, stef, I didn’t think you had it in you. How much did you pay Baby stef to finish the work for you?

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#12 posted 08-09-2015 08:15 PM

Ohh theres bondo

Havent commited to dogs or holdfasts yet so technically youre correct todd.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#13 posted 08-09-2015 08:25 PM

Congratulations, looks great. Plus I am sure some of the burden you have carrier these last few years has been lifted.

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#14 posted 08-09-2015 08:28 PM

Outstanding. It looks fantastic.

I am stoked for you.

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 08-09-2015 08:32 PM

I was expecting shirtless, but that’ll do.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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