My Holtzapffel Workbench

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Project by kckevin posted 07-24-2009 05:48 AM 4077 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the product of a week spent in Berea, Kentucky in September of 2008. If you ever get the chance to take a class at Kelly Mehler’s school, I’d take it. Great enviroment and Kelly’s a great guy. Chris Schwarz, of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine, taught this class. I had a great time, learned some good stuff, and met some great woodworking folks from all over the country, Including Alaska and Canada.

-- KCkevin

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#1 posted 07-24-2009 05:53 AM

Ist es wirklich holtzapffel?

Is it really apple wood?

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 06:34 AM

Looks sturdy, strong & solid. Nicely built.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 07:39 AM

That’s a beaute well done

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 07-24-2009 02:33 PM

Very nice bench. Good job !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 03:38 PM

Top notch, love it.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 07-24-2009 04:05 PM

looks great! and sounds like it was built in a terrific environment.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 07-24-2009 05:17 PM

Great bench—-Good job!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#8 posted 07-24-2009 05:26 PM

looks great, good job.
PS. canada is not part of the country.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#9 posted 07-24-2009 05:37 PM

Would you happen to have the plans/dimensions for this project? I love the heftiness and am gong to start building a new bench. Happy to give you the credit where credit is due! ;)

-- Andy Brownell

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#10 posted 07-24-2009 10:24 PM

Now THAT’S a workbench! Would hate to have to move that sucker.

-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#11 posted 07-24-2009 10:37 PM

Nein der kerl heist Holzapfell shon lange war eine meister holz arbeiter fachman fur drechseln kunst.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 07-25-2009 04:16 AM

Nice bench. I think it is fair to say you can get some real leverage with those vice handles…..

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#13 posted 08-18-2009 08:50 PM

Beautiful bench! It looks like your twin screw mount blocks aren’t the typical 8” variety from Did Chris score the class some 12” inchers?

-- Mark, Utah

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#14 posted 03-08-2010 01:36 AM

Woah! Great bench! I’m discerning doing a Holtzapffel as well. Thanks for sharing it.

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#15 posted 03-10-2010 04:45 AM

great looking bench… nice….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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