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The last workbench I will ever build

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Project by rdwile posted 04-29-2015 12:26 PM 9856 views 32 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many others, I felt it was time for a workbench upgrade, likely this would be the last bench I build and wanted it to be unique. The design is my own, incorporating many features from my existing bench of 25 years and a few updates using the latest and greatest.

A few comments on major design features:

- This was to be an assembly table first, so lots of real estate on a nice flat top, which is 28” x 79”,
- The Veritas Quick Release face vise is on my other bench, I would never use another,
- The Veritas Twin-Screw end vise was the only choice to allow me to clamp large objects using the dogs,
- The inlay in the front apron is modelled after a small shoulder plane I recently got from a friend,
- The cabinet in the base will hold all the tools I use while working at this bench,
- The back does not have an apron to allow me to clamp long laminations,
- Materials are curly maple and bubinga, with wenge inlay in the trestle.

More details on this project are in my blog - visit here

-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/





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Firewood

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 12:47 PM

What a beautiful bench. That is worthy of a place in your living room. Very nice work.

-- Mike - Eagle, WI

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 01:06 PM

That last picture of the front vise in beautiful. Well, the whole bench is, but you know what I mean.

Outstanding work, wonderful bench. May you enjoy many, many years with your new shop companion!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 01:36 PM

Wow, that is art. Would be hard to put that in harm’s way. Outstanding work.

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matthieu

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 02:03 PM

Well, without any doudt this workbench’s gonna last for years, just looking really good and it’ll certainly help you in your further priject, well done!!


Like many others, I felt it was time for a workbench upgrade, likely this would be the last bench I build and wanted it to be unique. The design is my own, incorporating many features from my existing bench of 25 years and a few updates using the latest and greatest.

A few comments on major design features:

- This was to be an assembly table first, so lots of real estate on a nice flat top, which is 28” x 79”,
- The Veritas Quick Release face vise is on my other bench, I would never use another,
- The Veritas Twin-Screw end vise was the only choice to allow me to clamp large objects using the dogs,
- The inlay in the front apron is modelled after a small shoulder plane I recently got from a friend,
- The cabinet in the base will hold all the tools I use while working at this bench,
- The back does not have an apron to allow me to clamp long laminations,
- Materials are curly maple and bubinga, with wenge inlay in the trestle.

More details on this project are in my blog - visit here

- rdwile


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sras

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#5 posted 04-29-2015 02:40 PM

It’s great to have nice things in your shop – especially when you make them. It should be an inspiration just to work at that bench.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 04-29-2015 02:47 PM

That’s a good looking brute of a workbench. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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R_Stad

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#7 posted 04-29-2015 03:02 PM

Jumping on the bandwagon here Rich. That’s a beauty – design, wood selection, hardware. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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Tim Royal

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#8 posted 04-29-2015 03:44 PM

Amazing bench… Beautiful work

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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marksalot2005

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#9 posted 04-29-2015 03:51 PM

It is very beautiful, well built and will be useful for a lifetime ! ! Atta Boy ! ! !

-- Mark, Katy, Texas, Did they give Noah a hardtime about the wood boat in his driveway

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BurlyBob

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#10 posted 04-29-2015 04:47 PM

That is to beautiful to use. You need to put it in the parlor with a nice lace table cloth and vase full of flowers!

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waho6o9

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#11 posted 04-29-2015 05:06 PM

Congrats on building an heirloom bench, most excellent!

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LeroyTheLips

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#12 posted 04-29-2015 05:32 PM

If I were a single guy I would use that as my dining table, it is so beautiful!

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hoss12992

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#13 posted 04-29-2015 06:05 PM

Absolutely beautiful

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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bobasaurus

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#14 posted 04-29-2015 06:30 PM

That is an amazing bench, great job. I can’t imagine the total cost for that lumber… the bubinga is ridiculously nice. How would you clamp long boards for edge jointing?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Bud_3

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#15 posted 04-29-2015 07:33 PM

Nice,too beautiful to be used.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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