Finally Finished My Tradtional Hard Maple Workbench

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 03-21-2009 02:23 PM 3794 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…..I finally completed my Traditional Hard Maple Workbench. I have wanted to build this thing (or something like it) from almost the time that I got into woodworking about 5 or 6 years ago. Many dollars and over a hundred hours later, I got it done! Could I have built it cheaper…...Yeah! But I only wanted to do this one time and wanted to use the best materials that I could so I “Just Did It” as they say at NIKE.

Anyway, If you want to read about the whole process of the build, you can do so at my website:


-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 02:29 PM

Nicely built workbench. Looks rock solid, strong and heavy. Great work!
What is the dimension of the top? (Length, Width and Thick)

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 02:31 PM

Dave this is a gorgeous bench. It does indeed look solid and well built. This is going to be a versatile tool that will last you for years to come. I have been considering building this bench and this post certainly is an inspiration to do so.

thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 02:56 PM

That’s a beauty, nice job!

-- Bill, Florida

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#4 posted 03-21-2009 03:12 PM

Gourgeous Workbench!
Outstanding Craftsmanship + Select Materials + Love = Heirloom pieces like this!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 03-21-2009 03:14 PM

You did it right, that’s for sure! Outstanding!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-21-2009 03:57 PM

Nice job Dave,
It looks rock solid and there’s nothing like building your own bench. After I built mine I didn’t know how I got along for so long with out it.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 03-21-2009 04:19 PM

That is one beautiful work bench. Nice Job! I have been planing on building one soon and this one is certainly an inspiration to get started. I may have to modify my current plans now. I don’t know if you made it to the plan sizes but for those interested the plans appear to be available for download on the Woodsmith site Dave listed in his link. Plan size is 84W X 39D X 34 1/2H . I will probably have to modify my size due to shop size restrictions. Thanks again Dave for sharing your project!

-- Vern, Southern CA

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#8 posted 03-21-2009 06:46 PM

That’s one nice beefy looking bench!

Great job.

Some cabinets under it will git you lots of great storage.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-21-2009 07:18 PM

finally completed??? you must be the fastest wood worker in world history—-you have been on LJ’s for 5 hours and you already have a great bench…I have been on two years and no bench in sight!!

Seriously…this is great…I love how you stuck to the best materials and took your time…it really shows…I am putting this in my favorites so that when I am ready I will have another great example to look at…

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#10 posted 03-21-2009 08:55 PM

Wow! Beautiful job Dave! You should enjoy that for decades.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#11 posted 03-22-2009 03:35 AM

Great looking bench it looks very solid it should give you a lifetime of service. Thanks for sharing

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#12 posted 03-22-2009 04:44 AM

Sweet, sweet bench.

-- Chris

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#13 posted 03-22-2009 03:18 PM

Hey Woodworm….to answer your question, the bench top is 31 1/2” wide X 81” long when finished (34 1/2” wide if you include the thickness of the front vice block. It is 34 1/2” tall. Lots of room for my future projects. Thanks for the comments and thanks to all you other guys for yours as well and you will also have a lot of fun if you decide to build one. Thanks ‘yall.


-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#14 posted 03-22-2009 03:42 PM

Very well done, nice attention to detail. I intended on making one very similar.

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#15 posted 03-22-2009 03:56 PM

Wow…...definitely rock solid…..........a job well done.

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

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