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Project by Shan posted 08-17-2009 07:58 AM 3026 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished off my workbench this summer, and am now putting it to good use. It is 3″ thick hard maple. I laminated 8/4 maple on edge, making 4 rows of square bench dogs holes that span the entire length. I made the square holes prior to the assembly (by doing it this way, I was able to cut the dog holes on the table saw with a home made jig that angled the holes 2.5 degrees towards the end vise). I then routed out 1″ out the top of the dog holes, so the bench dogs can recess flush with the top. The base is solid maple with pinned mortise and tenon at the base, and wedge mortise and tenon for the stretchers. The pins and wedges are black walnut. All base mortises are hand chiseled (not fun in 3″ thick hard maple). The front and side aprons are 7-1/4″ 8/4 maple. I have a Veritas twin screw vise for the end vise (mounted on a 4″ thick maple vise with square bench dog holes), and a quick release front vise made with 3″ thick maple with round dog holes (and 2 rows of of round holes across the bench). It took several days of labor intensive hand planing to get a dead flat top, but it was worth it. I finished it off with several coats of danish oil, and a coat of paste wax. I figure the final weight is around 450-500 pounds.

-- SeeWhatISaw

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 08:20 AM

Great bench! A lot of hard work and love went into it and it shows. Can’t wait to see the projects that come off of it. Welcome to lumberjocks

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 12:47 PM

I am jealous this came out great. I have always wanted one like it.
It is on my Rob-To- Do list but my Honey-Do-List seems to trump that.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 12:51 PM

Shan, that is a beautiful bench that you have added to your shop. It is a tool that would be a welcome addition to any shop.

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

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 01:47 PM

Really great bench! You’ll sure enjoy using it.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 03:26 PM

Terrific bench. Makes mine look like a candidate for the burn pile. Good job.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#6 posted 08-17-2009 03:57 PM

looks great. I know what you mean about mortising all that maple as I just finished my own bench. although the way I look at it is – if this is as hard as it gets (well, there are harder… but not as common) – then anything softer, and smaller will be so much easier… gimme more. ;)


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

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 05:33 PM

let me know when you’re ready to ship it, and an approximate arrival time so I can clear the space for it. I think I gave you the address right…..........J/K. Thats a nice bench! Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 07:07 PM

Now that is a nice bench and the shop is so tidy!

-- stevenb

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#9 posted 08-17-2009 08:31 PM

okay that shop is just way too clean. That bench has a serious drool factor. I like it. Love the walnut pins in the strechers – what are you using for “dogs”? The square dogs from Veritas?

-- Tim ~ ~ Be an example worth following

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#10 posted 08-17-2009 08:37 PM

Now that’s what I call a bench! Now you must be some what nervous about being new to lumberjocks and posting a bench like that. I mean that’s setting the bar pretty high, for future project posts. Just kidding! Welcome to Lumberjocks, and congratulations on an excellent first posting as well.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#11 posted 08-17-2009 09:25 PM

Shan, That’s first class all the way. woodbutcher is right, after this, we will be expecting some pretty awesome projects coming in the near future. lol Great job and we do look forward to seeing more of your work. Thanks for sharing and welcome to Lumber Jocks.

-- John @

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#12 posted 08-17-2009 09:27 PM

Outstanding job!

You shouldn’t have to worry about the bench moving when you go to plane a board. You will enjoy using this bench for the rest of your life (Just don’t ever have to move it ).

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 08-17-2009 11:43 PM

looks great
very nice bench

-- Simon, Illinois

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Rob Drown

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#14 posted 08-17-2009 11:55 PM

beeutiful. Really looks solid.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 08-18-2009 02:17 AM

Rock solid Shan, Great Bench and welcome

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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