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Dedicated Dovetailing Bench

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Project by Brendon posted 07-21-2015 06:16 AM 3595 views 9 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just recently finished building a dedicated dovetailing bench as I love to cut my dovetails by hand.
The bench includes a sturdy Moxon vice and a set of 5 tool drawers. It is made from Goncalo Alves and Marblewood. The Moxon hardware was sourced from Independent Woodworking in the UK (www.independentwoodworking.co.uk). You can see more pictures of this project on their site or on my blog.

The bench is intended to be an heirloom piece and includes a secret compartment that contains a small mahogany box made by my maternal grandfather in the 1920s. He was a master carpenter in Sussex, England and a number of pieces of furniture made by him are still in the possession of various members of my family.

The only machine tool used in this project was the tablesaw. Beadings were cut using an antique beading plane (circa 1860) and the dovetails in the drawers were cut by hand. Many hours of hand planing went into the preparation and smoothing of the hardwood.
B

-- Brendon, Ireland





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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 08:32 AM

That’s a beautiful piece of equipment you have made here. You’ll have to be very careful when you use it in case you scratch it! Well done.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Brendon

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 08:42 AM

Yes, I am very concerned about marring the top.
I may have to make a sacrificial top to protect the bench. A chisel mark would be a disaster.
Thanks for your kind comment Jim.
B

-- Brendon, Ireland

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bushmaster

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 11:41 AM

Hope to see many projects that you have done using this table, The end result would have to be beyond imagination considering the craftsmanship of this project. There is none like it for sure, or ever will be.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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JoeRPhilly

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 01:37 PM

Looks awesome, great job!

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calisdad

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 03:08 PM

Very handsome.

I would think by not using a sacrificial top your mind would automatically drop into ‘the zone’ for peaceful exacting work – or not. ;-)

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RogerBean

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 03:58 PM

Perhaps I’m missing something. Why make a workbench that you are afraid to use? ...without marring it.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Tim

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 05:09 PM

That’s a fantastic bench, but definitely go use it right away. It’s wood so you can always plane it down again in the future.

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Brendon

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 05:23 PM



Perhaps I m missing something. Why make a workbench that you are afraid to use? ...without marring it.
Roger

- RogerBean


Hi Roger
Yeah! I get your point but what you’re missing is that the thing turned out much better than I had visualised in my mind’s eye before I started. But I will be using it all right, never fear.
Thanks for looking.
B

-- Brendon, Ireland

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Brendon

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#9 posted 07-21-2015 05:24 PM



Looks awesome, great job!

- JoeRPhilly

Thanks for your kind comment
B

-- Brendon, Ireland

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Brendon

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#10 posted 07-21-2015 05:25 PM



Hope to see many projects that you have done using this table, The end result would have to be beyond imagination considering the craftsmanship of this project. There is none like it for sure, or ever will be.

- bushmaster

Thanks for your kind comment.
B

-- Brendon, Ireland

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Mean_Dean

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#11 posted 07-22-2015 12:02 AM

Beautiful dovetailing bench! And yeah, I think the sacrificial top is a good idea!

-- Dean

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jtm

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#12 posted 07-22-2015 12:38 AM

I say just use it as is. Sacrificial tops remind me of those people that leave the plastic on their sofa.

You can only look at it and admire it for so long. Put it to it’s intended use.

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gsimon

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#13 posted 07-22-2015 01:21 AM

agreed – no additional top – looks amazing but it is a work unit
scratches and dings give it dignity! ha ha

-- Greg Simon

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Woodbridge

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#14 posted 07-22-2015 02:56 AM

what a wonderful workbench!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 07-22-2015 03:29 AM

my mouth dropped open! Some projects give me inspiration for wood working. This one does just that.
Curious.. it stands tall with a not-so-wide looking base. Is there a concern of racking? I see gaps on the far side. Another vice? Or tool well ?

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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