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Project by avickery1 posted 01-23-2015 05:44 PM 2919 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first attempt at a traditional style workbench. I discovered right away that it’s very challenging to find good boards at the “box stores”. I had optimistic plans to include those cool looking dovetails on the outer skirt but those are going to have to wait since my skills are not up to that level yet. The top is 24×84 and 4” thick with a 5” thick skirt. I used a whole gallon of tightbond II holding it all together. I used a few deck screws on the legs and the end skirt boards but I’m going to remove them and replace with 1/2” dowels. In order to keep it from twisting, I glued the top together 2 boards at a time. The dog holes are 1” and I’m going to make oak dogs for them. I got the vise off Amazon pretty cheap, it’s foreign but seems solid and works well. I threw the OSHA book out the window and cut the box joints on the corners of the skirt with my old Skil wormdrive saw (with the blade guard clamped open of course). I cut them slightly undersized and finished them with a chisel, they came out way better than I expected. The top is fairly flat but I’m going to make a router sled and mill it down good tomorrow. Now I have to build something on it so the wife will let me keep buying tools.

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 06:45 PM

Very nice table and place to work. You will enjoy this for years to come. Must keep the wife happy as we always need new tools. Your bench is time well spent. Your dovetails came out beautiful. You have more skill than you think.

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 08:45 PM

Wonderful work, thank you for sharing.

-- Pete in NC

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 10:50 PM

I agree with the others.
You did a very nice job!

-- The less an idiot knows, the louder he seems to know it!

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 12:40 AM

That’s a cool table. Well done. Your last statement is oh so true and it will work well for you. Trust me. :)

-- Mark

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 12:49 AM

very nice

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#6 posted 01-24-2015 02:46 PM

Here s my first attempt at a traditional style workbench.

“First attempt”! That’s a great looking bench.


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#7 posted 01-24-2015 07:49 PM

congratulations on finishing your bench! – looks great and hope to see lots of projects

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 01-25-2015 03:20 AM

Excellent work bench, great idea on building something for tools

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

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 04:56 PM

Good looking bench! I especially like the proportions and your end vise. Thanks for posting.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#10 posted 03-23-2015 01:28 PM

Mind sharing what vise you purchased from amazon?

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#11 posted 03-23-2015 01:51 PM

It looks like a great workbench and it will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 03-23-2015 11:20 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I bought the vise last summer and I can’t find any info on the seller. All I remember was I found it on Amazon. I’ve been remodeling my bathrooms and haven’t had time to use it much yet. I’m going to build a media cabinet soon thogh.

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