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Project by August McCormick Lehman III posted 08-10-2014 01:51 PM 2446 views 14 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of a modern style work bench,.
I was in the market for a bench for the past seven years, mainly because of my garage construction and power for tools, that’s why I had all the time to figure out what kind of bench I will need or want.
I join finewoodworking magazine and I saw a lot of bench there and also YouTube and google images.
Then lumberjocks.
I even purchase the benchcrafted plans,
Then I started to price out wood men it cost a lot to make a bench.
That’s why I decided to use metal, now metal did cost more but I had access to metal so I decided to make the frame out of metal.
I did all the fabrication and welding,
And I made the handle my self.
The screw is 1-1/2 by 5TPI brass nut and metal flange
And they were bought from norton screw All the hard ware was made by me except the screw I machine the ends to fit bearing and my handle .
All is bronze. The shaft is 1” and the hub is 4140 steel shaft 5” diameter and I just start chopping them with the bandsaw.and machine to my measurements
I have videos but I haven’t edited them yet.
But I have some pictures in my website.www.guidetomachining.com
The bench weighs 785lbs just for frame,
The whole bench measures 5×5 the solid wood is lyptus and 3/4 part of the top is baltic birch plywood.
The leg vise is 3×6 aluminum extrusion wrap with mahogany and lyptus
Secure by screw and t-nuts

It has a built in moxon up front the bench with the same style handle
I forgot who mentioned it but first I said they look like a ship wheel but someone said bank vault door I like that.

The bench has a hight adjustment from 38-44”

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JerryS

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 01:58 PM

wow thats a beauty of a workbench . Did you do all the metal machine work for the vises ? They came out great , I like the brass .

#2 posted 08-10-2014 02:30 PM



wow thats a beauty of a workbench . Did you do all the metal machine work for the vises ? They came out great , I like the brass .

- JerryS


Thanks Jerry
Yes I did all the work I don’t know what happened to disruption,
I had to edit them just now using IPhone I’ll redo it later thanks for looking.

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terryR

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 02:59 PM

August, your bench is one of a kind, and looks gorgeous! I like the blending of metal and woodworking!

Should last a lifetime of abuse and learning. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Mosquito

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 02:59 PM

Very nice looking bench!

But… you know that once you’ve posted in the Workbench Smackdown thread, it’s not really done until there’s a Bondo pose right? ;-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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shampeon

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#5 posted 08-10-2014 04:13 PM

Such a nice combination of materials, August, and with great, unique details. Just an outstanding bench.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 06:35 PM

Excellent bench August congrats.

“and 3/4 part of the top is baltic birch plywood.”

Is that a grey plastic laminate on top?

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Airframer

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#7 posted 08-10-2014 08:24 PM

Such an innovative approach to a hybrid woodworking/metalworking bench. Truly stunning!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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hotncold

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#8 posted 08-10-2014 09:05 PM

I like this as well as any bench I’ve seen. Since I’m more of a “power tools” kind of guy, this REALLY appeals to me.
And those vises are AMAZING!
Great job!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

#9 posted 08-10-2014 09:08 PM

Thanks TerryR
I’m hoping so

Thanks Moss
I knew. You will say that . Now can I just post in the work bench. Smack down LOL

Thanks Ian t
Thanks for kind words

Thanks waho
Yes baltic birch not enough hardwood LOL

Thanks Eric
I was actually thinking for a good name for the bench

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Texcaster

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#10 posted 08-10-2014 09:22 PM

A very remarkable bench, congrats. The last photo makes me smile, I thought I was the only one to “high 5” a drill press.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

#11 posted 08-10-2014 09:34 PM



A very remarkable bench, congrats. The last photo makes me smile, I thought I was the only one to “high 5” a drill press.

- Texcaster


Thanks bud
Ever since I modified the switch of the drill press she always ask if she she could smack the switch it puts tears in my eye everytime,
I use it and she hears it she runs to me and say daddy I can turn it off?
Anyway thanks bud

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CL810

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#12 posted 08-10-2014 11:59 PM

August you certainly are a craftsman and I am looking forward to all the projects that are going to come off that bench!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

#13 posted 08-11-2014 12:06 AM

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woodcox

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#14 posted 08-11-2014 01:26 AM

Very cool August. Any plans for storage or a shelf underneath? Also, what are you going to do for bench dog dogs?Your build was especially fun to watch come together. Congratulations on such a unique shop fixture, the melding of metals and wood is very attractive.

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

#15 posted 08-11-2014 01:34 AM


Very cool August. Any plans for storage or a shelf underneath? Also, what are you going to do for bench dog dogs?Your build was especially fun to watch come together. Congratulations on such a unique shop fixture, the melding of metals and wood is very attractive.

- woodcox


Men I think you sent your drones to my house your watching me LOL

Yes on the storage system very yes.
But remember I’m not good at all with wood it will take 15 years
To learn,
I want to make one so bad but I’m having a head time to decide what I want.

I started to make this but I did not like it so back to drawing board

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