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Project by DanielS posted 03-14-2015 10:24 PM 3200 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a couple of cold months of work, my new bench is finally done (mostly). The top is 23” x 84” (72 in the back) of 2” maple. I built the base out of syp 2×12’s from a long lost boat project.

I will eventually put in a divider similar to the benchcrafted benches, with small tool trays on the ends. There will also be some sort of shelf on the base. None of those plans take away from use though.

It is really solid and stable. Coming from my previous clamp down bench, it holds things like a dream. I did a couple of test resaws in both vises and was very happy.

The front vise is an old metal, not quick release. The end vise is a Sheldon. both are much better than the cheapo pony on my last bench. A couple of flexible clamp led lamps add some extra light.

-- Daniel S

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#1 posted 03-14-2015 10:33 PM

Well done sir.

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 02:38 AM

Thank you.

-- Daniel S

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 02:43 AM

Real nice bench Daniel. I envision some fine work being done there.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 04:17 AM

Sure is nice, good job!

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#5 posted 03-15-2015 04:26 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 03-15-2015 11:52 AM

Very nice. Are you going to make a shelf at the bottom?

I love the overall simplicity.

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#7 posted 03-15-2015 12:39 PM

Thank you all for the comments. I will put a shelf under it, but haven’t decided on how I’ll make it.

-- Daniel S

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#8 posted 03-15-2015 06:24 PM

Here is a tip for your bottom shelf … using some 3/4” material, place a cleat around the inside of your 2×4 frame and set a piece of 3/4” ply even with the top of your frame.
This will give you two things, 1) a nice flush shelf to store extra stuff on and 2) when you decide to build some drawers or other accessory, you just build it (on the bench) and then then slide it into place for a nice finished look and it will look like ti was built with the bench.
Just some thing to think on …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 03-15-2015 09:53 PM

Great bench!

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 03-15-2015 10:46 PM

Nice bench. I need to do some serious rethinking and reworking of my workspace. I work next to a millwork company and have been collecting Mahogany, Sapele, and Teak boards for too long (over a year closer to two). I also picked up some poplar and white oak and a ton of cedar for bird houses. I couldn’t let all this premium wood go to the dump. I pulled it all out of the dumpster. It’s at the point I can’t even assemble the Jet lathe I just bought or my Rikon Mortise machine. It’s still in the box after a week and a half (and its killing me). I built a workbench 8 ft long and high enough to use as a support table for my RAS for cross cutting long boards. I built storage racks under it for lumber. It stores about 50 board feet of Honduran Mahogany I bought 6 years ago and never used, as I didn’t think I could do it justice. There is more wood in there too. 6/4 Black Walnut and quarter sawn American Sycamore I bought from a local lumber mill (beautiful grain pattern). That was before I got my Jointer and a better table saw. I am thinking of ripping out the shelves and using the space for rolling drawer cabinets after seeing the post from Geekwoodworker. I have too many tools too if there is such a thing. I did build an easel out of some of the mahogany but I want to do so much more with it. The easel was made with reclaimed mahogany flooring and some sapele. Some nail holes are visible, but to buy a mahogany easel can easily run $400 and up. One of the things I would like to try is to build my own mahogany Fender Stratocaster but with the fret spacing similar to a Gibson Les Paul. Anyway, nice bench.

-- Why measure twice when you can cut twice?

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