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Project by mfike posted 09-04-2009 06:46 PM 2701 views 13 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted to build a workbench for a long time, so I did a lot of research on this site and others to learn as much as I could about them. I finally decided on this one because it seemed to have everything that I would need. I used oak and maple for the top and southern yellow pine for the base. The top is 3” thick and the skirt/apron is 4.5” thick. The endcaps are connected using walnut splines and are glued on one end and bolted on the other. The end vise is connected to a maple block that slides in grooves in the apron. I draw bolted the stretchers to the legs through a hardwood key. The finish is bee’s wax and boiled linseed oil mix. I had to put the bench on a mobile base because my woman still parks her car in here. I knew this was going to be a pretty big project, but the top about wore me out. I didn’t have any 8/4 stock unfortunately so the top is laminated with 3/4 and 4/4 which took a lot of time and a lot of glue. I’m really happy with the final result and I’m sure it will make my woodworking a bit more enjoyable. Thanks for looking.





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#1 posted 09-04-2009 06:56 PM

Very, very nice. You should be proud. That is going to be a joy to work with.

Steve

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#2 posted 09-04-2009 07:20 PM

Outstanding. I like it. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 07:36 PM

Very nicely built workbench. Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-04-2009 07:44 PM

A workbench is something I have not tackled yet, but want to..

Your workbench turned out very good !! You did a fine job..

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 09-04-2009 07:53 PM

Beautiful work!

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#6 posted 09-04-2009 08:13 PM

Great job…very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 09-04-2009 09:34 PM

That is a beautiful bench that you have every right to be proud of. I am sure it was a lot of work but the end result is well worth the effort. Bummer about the car but I can understand your dilemma. I have often said that if I tried to use my wife’s garage space for a shop I would be outside before her vehicle would be. :)

Great job.

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

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#8 posted 09-04-2009 10:21 PM

Looks great! I wish I could come across enough hardwood at a price I can afford to make my own!

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 09-04-2009 10:23 PM

I love to see a bench build. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#10 posted 09-04-2009 10:45 PM

Very well done, I’m sure it will serve you well! (Unlike your wife that won’t give up the garage, ha ha :-) just joking!)

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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#11 posted 09-04-2009 10:56 PM

Nice workbench, it will become your most important tool. Your friends that get to use it will want to make themselves one. Oh by the way, they will want your help, give it freely, it will make you feel good to see their smiles.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#12 posted 09-05-2009 12:50 AM

Nice looking workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 09-05-2009 02:57 AM

Your workbench turned out great. Nice job on that top.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#14 posted 09-05-2009 12:54 PM

GREAT workbench. I have 2 that roll around and have planned to retire one and build one just like this one. I like wheels and the fact that you used this type … well I just had to look at my saw.
“Sometimes the trees cloud the forest”.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#15 posted 09-05-2009 10:31 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys

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