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Project by Festool4 posted 2054 days ago 3611 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of a hybrid workbench. I would love to have a typical European style bench with a large twin screw vice on the side, but I have neither the space nor the funds for one. Furthermore, I needed a bench that I can easily move by myself, yet is strong enough to work with mortising chisels or hand planes. Also, because of my height, I prefer a bench that stands just a little higher than most.

This bench turned out to be a pretty good compromise. Its design revolves around the Zyliss vice and Veritas Bench Dogs / Wonder Dogs / Surface Clamp. My father purchased a Zyliss vice back in the 70’s and I have been very impressed with them ever since. New, they tend to be pretty expensive but if you keep your eyes open they are quite reasonable on eBay. I now have four of them.

The light wood is Alder and the darker is Eucalyptus. The Eucalyptus is not only beautiful but also tough as nails. I will say that if I were to do it again, I would replace the Alder with Hard Maple. The Alder is a little softer than I expected. I made the feet out of Ash to handle the abuse of being moved around. All of the joinery is either pairs of 10×50mm Dominos or Miller dowels. I finished it with Danish Oil and several coats of paste wax.

-- Festool4





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SP8

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#1 posted 2054 days ago

Looks very functional and also is nice to look at.
Good job.

-- R K SP8 "The 10 Commandments are NOT multiple choices"

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Keith Cruickshank

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#2 posted 2054 days ago

I really like this design. Really! Simple but practical. Well done.

-- Keith Cruickshank, www.woodtreks.com - on-demand woodworking videos

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knapster

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#3 posted 2054 days ago

looks great! sturdy yet easy to move around… good work!

-- jk

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Festool4

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#4 posted 2054 days ago

Thank you…

Simplicity and function really appeal to me. Reading through James Krenov’s books has really opened my eyes to the kinds of work that I want to do in the future.

I still have quite a ways to go, but I feel that I had a good start. Of course, the Woodwhisperer, Woodtreks, and Lumberjocks have really helped me along the way.

Frank

-- Festool4

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John Stegall

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#5 posted 2054 days ago

I like it also, and it reminds me of Festool’s mft…I wonder why ;>)

I really like your choice of woods.

-- jstegall

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Festool4

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#6 posted 2054 days ago

Yes, the Festool table is perfectly suited for their tools. I use mine all the time. Unfortunately, it isn’t stable or strong enough for hand-tool work.

-- Festool4

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 2054 days ago

Very unteresting and very functional. A case of design by need. Great.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Chris Cunanan

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#8 posted 2054 days ago

where’d you get the eucalyptus? we have tonsss of them in southern CA, mostly young ones though. I do have some decent sized logs but from the looks of it the grain wouldn’t finish nearly that dark, love the way ur pieces of it look though!

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Chris Cunanan

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#9 posted 2054 days ago

oh yeah and on that note, anyone want to buy my zyliss? I don’t need it anymore =)

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Festool4

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#10 posted 2054 days ago

I’m pretty sure the Eucalyptus was from Brazil; I purchased it from a local vender. Too bad most Eucalyptus is being used for charcoal and paper…

-- Festool4

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Chris Cunanan

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#11 posted 2046 days ago

well I have some southern california eucalyptus stumps, from what i’ve read they aren’t as good as the lyptus and hybrid eucalyptus found elsewhere for WW, but i’m optimistic they will look cool in some kind of way, even if it’s just cuz it looks different! hehe

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Festool4

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#12 posted 1571 days ago

Just a quick update: Over the weekend I lowered this bench down to 33 inches. It was great for router work, but was too tall for my hand planes. I’m now using a Walko bench for the router stuff and it seems to be working well. Cheers, Frank

-- Festool4

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