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Project by Muzhik posted 2523 days ago 6478 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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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2523 days ago

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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oscorner

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#2 posted 2523 days ago

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

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Wooder

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#3 posted 2523 days ago

What beautiful bench!!!

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

Jimmy

-- Jimmy

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Muzhik

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#4 posted 2523 days ago

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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VTWoody

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#5 posted 2523 days ago

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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Paul

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#6 posted 2523 days ago

Fantastic!

-- Paul, Texas

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2523 days ago

It is a masterpiece!

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

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DomDenucci

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#8 posted 2523 days ago

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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Sawhorse

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#9 posted 2523 days ago

Awesome!!! I love the attention to detail…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX - www.sawhorseworkshop.com

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TheGravedigger

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#10 posted 2523 days ago

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?

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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WayneC

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#11 posted 2523 days ago

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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mot

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#12 posted 2523 days ago

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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schroeder

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#13 posted 2523 days ago

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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jockmike2

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#14 posted 2523 days ago

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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Bill

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#15 posted 2523 days ago

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

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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