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Project by Loucarb posted 02-28-2009 02:31 AM 3293 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 02-28-2009 02:33 AM

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 02-28-2009 02:37 AM

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 02-28-2009 02:38 AM

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 02-28-2009 03:09 AM

Nice work and enjoy all your new projects…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 03:12 AM

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 02-28-2009 03:59 AM

That is one strong looking bench. Nice!

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 04:12 AM

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 02-28-2009 04:40 AM

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 02-28-2009 04:51 AM

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 02-28-2009 05:14 AM

Very Fine Built bench!! Well done

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#11 posted 02-28-2009 05:23 AM

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 02-28-2009 05:34 AM

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 02-28-2009 05:40 AM

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 02-28-2009 06:23 AM

Lou -

Very nice looking bench. Well done!


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#15 posted 02-28-2009 09:01 AM

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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