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Project by Rhwoodworks posted 02-19-2015 09:55 PM 2771 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New work bench. I built this bench from poplar mostly because of cost. All the tenons are threw wedged tenons with two degree tapered mortises . The top is 4 inches thick 26” wide and 8’ 6” long. I chose to make mine 36” high to stay inline with my table saw and other tops. The vises are set up for me being left handed and the sliding dead man at this point is the best part of this bench for me. The inner chaulk on the front side vise is held in with dowels into the bench top for easy removal. This gives me the best of both worlds a flush clamping surface and a offset for other clamping needs. I often build custom entry doors and being able to clamp and hold a door on edge to mortise hinges and locksets is a god sent. This was two years of research , designing , gathering materials and vises before I even started building. Alot of thought needs to go into a work bench for the types of work you do. I built it in a two week period with occasional help from some family members who would stop by to help with a glue up or assembly. This is my first ‘true’ wood working bench, I have always worked from an assembly style bench and so far I love it. The stability and clamping options make me wonder how I ever got by without it..

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 10:10 PM

Looks good. Should make working in the shop even that much more enjoyable.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 10:19 PM

All the time spent on the research, was well spent now you have exactly what I want …...

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 10:58 PM

Very nice work. I like the sturdy base and the set up for the vises and bench dogs. Awesome!

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 01:03 AM

Thanks guys !

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#5 posted 02-20-2015 10:27 AM

Nice build, the poplar is beautiful.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 01:38 PM

Looks very solid.
You will enjoy playing on this very much.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 01:42 PM

I agree with RPhillips. The poplar is beautiful. It often gets short shrift, but the fine grain and color is very nice in my opinion.

Plus… Bondo pose is nearly compulsory.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#8 posted 02-20-2015 03:20 PM

Thanks guys ! Yes I like the poplar . Its a little more dense than pine plus mills and planes like a dream. I hand flattened this with my #7 jointer plane ( although on hell of a work out ) I enjoyed how well it planed.

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#9 posted 02-20-2015 04:16 PM

Very nice bench. Your jaw set up on the front vise is very interesting and does indeed give you more flexibility.

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

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#10 posted 02-20-2015 05:22 PM

Nice work thereRHWooworks, just wondering, is there a upper streacher just on one side or is it just the phote angle?

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#11 posted 02-20-2015 06:39 PM

Nice build, I used a lot of poplar on my bench as well, and after 2 years of hard use I have not regretted that choice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 02-20-2015 08:52 PM

Benchbuilder yes there is two upper stretchers on the ends.

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#13 posted 02-21-2015 06:06 PM

Very well done, this will give you and two or three other people after you are gone great service!!

-- Mike

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#14 posted 02-21-2015 07:25 PM

Nice bench! I bet that it weighs somewhere between a lot, and a whole bunch…
Given the construction, it should last decades!

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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#15 posted 02-21-2015 11:08 PM

Haha not as bad as you would think but I’m also as big and ugly as a silver back

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