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Project by Marshall posted 10-09-2014 02:38 AM 5082 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been woodworking for going on five years now. This is my first real workbench. I’ve never even had a vise before. I really don’t know how I got by without this until now.

The design is inspired by Roubo (obviously), Chris Schwarz, and Jordan (of JordsWoodShop). Its constructed of southern yellow pine and black walnut. The leg vise hardware is from Woodcraft and the twin screw vise hardware is from lie nielsen.

This project represents my first dovetails, first hand cut mortises (one was in a spot where the router wouldnt fit), and first use of hand planes.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 03:23 AM

Turned out great, congratulations.

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 03:57 AM

Great job on the bench.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 04:26 AM

Nice Bench. I just started milling some Birch to get a start on mine, sure hope it doesn’t take 5 years to build.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 10-09-2014 04:32 AM

That walnut is a stunner, nice work.

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#5 posted 10-09-2014 05:53 AM

Bench as a whole turned out great but the pieces and parts are well done and attractive. Even the yellow pine is nice looks pretty tight grained.

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 08:45 AM

Great bench. Love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 10-09-2014 10:41 AM

You don’t see many benches built for lefties. Great work!

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#8 posted 10-09-2014 11:59 AM

Super Bench, love the walnut! Don’t think I could have convinced myself to drill all the dog holes in the deadman, though.

thanks,
Dale

-- Smitty

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punk

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#9 posted 10-09-2014 12:37 PM

nice job looks great you can be proud of it good day

-- Punk in PA

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Marshall

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#10 posted 10-09-2014 12:46 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone! Yep it’s left handed… people say it looks weird :)

Point of clarification: it took 6 months to build, not 5 years…

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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#11 posted 10-09-2014 03:48 PM

Why do people put endcaps on their benches?

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#12 posted 10-09-2014 03:55 PM

@LJackson; I do have the same question. I started building mine and was wondering if the endcaps serve any purpose or is it just for the look (which I like btw)

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Marshall

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#13 posted 10-09-2014 04:46 PM

The cap on the right is non functional and for aesthetics. The cap on the left is part of the vise.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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dlgWoodWork

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#14 posted 10-09-2014 09:28 PM



Why do people put endcaps on their benches?

- LJackson

The end cap on mine is for the wagon vise I built into the bench.

That bench looks great. I agree about the walnut, that’s the prettiest wood I’ve ever seem used on a sliding deadman.

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stefang

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#15 posted 10-09-2014 10:32 PM

Great looking bench. I’m sure it will give you a lifetime of pleasure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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