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Project by JerryinCreek posted 11-21-2014 10:02 PM 5643 views 18 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my original woodworking workbench in 1982 and it served me well. But, when I moved my shop to a new area of the house I decided to upgrade to something better.

I found this plan available through Wood Magazine. The plan was very thorough and had some great tips to help with certain operations. I took the suggestion in the plan and purchased the laminated top from Grizzly. The top is very heavy at about 150#! And, I have to admit that I was a little nervous drilling that first bench dog hole!

The finish is Minwax wipe on poly (oil/poly blend) and the bench can be disassembled for moving.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."





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kiefer

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 10:22 PM

Very sturdy and nice looking bench and the cabinet should keep what is stored in it dustfree and it also gives it a more stout look .
Love that vise on the left back corner may have to make one of those .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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JerryinCreek

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 10:30 PM

Thank you for your kind comments. The vise is from Wordsmith Plans #SN12030 and available free on their site.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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timbertailor

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 11:15 PM

Nice and clean looking. I am not a bench guy but I like your approach.

Well done!

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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hotncold

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 11:57 PM

Wow Jerry! Like Brad, I’m not a bench guy either but if I was, this one certainly qualifies as a keeper.
This bench makes your already awesome clean shop even more “awesomer”...
Very nice work.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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Duckster

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#5 posted 11-22-2014 01:55 AM

Very nice table. Now get it dirty and you’ll feel better

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Rick

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 04:01 AM

Very nice Project Jerry. Well done. Thanks for posting.

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 04:28 AM

Very cool looking and functional bench. I like your vise set up, one for everything. I thought long and hard about buying a top from Grizzly or elsewhere but I couldn’t see me destroying it, and I will. Well done.

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

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CL810

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#8 posted 11-22-2014 11:59 AM

Great bench. I’m sure it will last at least as long as your first bench. Nice shop!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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putty

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#9 posted 11-22-2014 04:24 PM

Nice Jerry. I put in favorites. is there enough room between the top and the storage insert for hold downs?

are the front and end vises the woodriver vises from woodcraft? I just got their black Friday flyer and the wood river vises are on sale for 34.99.

-- Putty

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mike1950

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#10 posted 11-22-2014 05:02 PM

Very nice bench

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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JerryinCreek

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#11 posted 11-22-2014 06:38 PM

Putty – There is 9 1/2” of clearance between the top of the cabinet and bottom of the top surface. My Veritas hold-down is 9 1/4” long, just makes it! The vises are from Lee Valley, they are heavier duty than the Wood River. They are the 70G08.01 at $85 each.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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BillyD3152

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#12 posted 11-22-2014 10:39 PM

Very nice. I was actually just on the Lee Valley site looking at that very vise. You are satisfied with it?

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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BillyD3152

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#13 posted 11-22-2014 10:39 PM

Very nice. I was actually just on the Lee Valley site looking at that very vise. You are satisfied with it?

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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JerryinCreek

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#14 posted 11-23-2014 12:32 AM

Billy – the vise is excellent and the plan from Wood Magazine gives an alternate method of mounting which worked flawlessly for me.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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NormG

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#15 posted 11-23-2014 06:51 AM

You did a great job of this build, I bet it will be around for a long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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