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Project by Muzhik posted 05-27-2007 12:24 PM 8187 views 11 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s finally complete! I built this bench based on Lon Schleining’s plans from his book and from Fine Woodworking Magazine’s ‘04 (I think) Tools and Shops issue. I used beech and mahogany instead of maple and walnut, since both are cheaper and more readily available here in Germany than the woods called for in the plans. Also, I made the skirts and vise jaws out of mahogany. I’m not sure if that was a wise idea from a durability standpoint, but it sure looks pretty!

The only things left to do are line the vise jaws with leather and copy Tage Frid’s (or was it Frank Klaus’s) flip up stops on the end for crosscutting with a handsaw. Then I can build a storage cabinet for the base and start organizing my shop a little better. Don’t be fooled by how good it looks in these pictures. I always do a major clean up after I finish a project :)

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#1 posted 05-27-2007 12:54 PM

wow. That sure is pretty!!! I’d have a hard time doing woodworking on it!! Very lovely.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 05-27-2007 01:04 PM

That’s a great looking bench. You should be proud of building such a fine bench.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 05-27-2007 01:29 PM

What beautiful bench!!!

Heck I’d build some tall chairs and wa-la, you have a very cool dining table!!


-- Jimmy

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#4 posted 05-27-2007 01:35 PM

Thanks. I might just break it in with a candlelight dinner. Need to thank my wife for allowing me so much time in the shop to work on it… then it’s time to relentlessly beating the *#%$ out of it every day to see how much it can take! (the bench, not the wife) ;)

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#5 posted 05-27-2007 02:57 PM

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I agree, you should have a great meal on it. Then make something just as beautiful using it, but take pictures along the way.

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#6 posted 05-27-2007 03:00 PM


-- Paul, Texas

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#7 posted 05-27-2007 03:31 PM

It is a masterpiece!

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 05-27-2007 03:41 PM

Just two comments—

1. It looks GREAT! You should be quite proud.

2. I am not sure if the bench is in your kitchen, shop or somewhere else. But WOW! IT is clean. I am very impressed.

Take care-

-- Dom, How many Bs are in Babar?

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#9 posted 05-27-2007 03:49 PM

Awesome!!! I love the attention to detail…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#10 posted 05-27-2007 03:54 PM

Nice work! It makes my new benchtop look shabby by comparison. I love the dovetailed details. Is the Veritas double-vise as good as they say?

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#11 posted 05-27-2007 04:06 PM

I love quality workbenches. I’m hoping to get Christopher Schwarz’s new book on workbenches as soon as it comes out. It is due out in Oct. It looks like something that would be right up your alley.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 05-27-2007 04:28 PM

Now you’ll have to build one you don’t mind scratching. That’s an impressive piece of craftmanship.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 05-27-2007 05:05 PM

A Work of Art! Nothing is as satisfiying as completing a workbench, especially one this nice! Congradulations, Beautiful work!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#14 posted 05-27-2007 06:08 PM

beautiful workbench and thats just wrong to describe a worbench like that. Tuff, rugged, well built, anything but beautiful. But it sure is. maybe its those other things too. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 05-27-2007 07:14 PM

A beautiful workbench, and combination dining table! Of course you better watch your knees around the vise handles….

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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