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Project by Loucarb posted 2001 days ago 3137 views 13 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a maple top thinking I would build a traditional bench but after seeing some made from fellow lumber jocks and reading Chris Schwarz’s book on workbenches I came up with this. I used the maple top and glued two 3/4” plywood sheets to the bottom. The ends and side are 6 quarter poplar the legs, stretchers, and shelving are made from structural lumber from home depot. I added foot pads because my shop floor is very uneven. I finished it with boiled linseed oil with some maple dye.

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#1 posted 2001 days ago

Very nice looking bench. You should get years of use from this workbench.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 2001 days ago

Wow. It not only looks nice but it looks sturdy enough to hold up a small car too.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 2001 days ago

Now that’s what I call a work bench. Beautiful job! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 2001 days ago

Nice work and enjoy all your new projects…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 2001 days ago

It looks very strong bench.I like very much your other projects. nice jobs

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#6 posted 2001 days ago

That is one strong looking bench. Nice!

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#7 posted 2001 days ago

That’s got to be the heaviest duty bench I’ve seen.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#8 posted 2001 days ago

I’m anxious to know about those vises. Is your end vise the one from Grizzly for 40 bucks. If it is, I almost ordered that same one a couple of days ago, its a great deal. I’m happy to see these type of vises on some workbenches. Not everyone can pay $200 for just one vise. On another note, very nice craftmanship.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#9 posted 2001 days ago

Thank you all for the kind words about the bench. The end vise is the Grizzly $40 dollar special and it works just find. No quick release but well worth the 40 bucks. The other is an Anant which is the old Record now made in India it does have the quick release and I believe it was right around $100 and it also is a very nice vice for the money.

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#10 posted 2001 days ago

Very Fine Built bench!! Well done

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#11 posted 2001 days ago

This is one sturdy looking beench you should will get much joy out of such functional art!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#12 posted 2001 days ago

That is one fine looking bench! great job.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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#13 posted 2001 days ago

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 2001 days ago

Lou -

Very nice looking bench. Well done!


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#15 posted 2000 days ago

looks very solid and I really like the hardware…well made…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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