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Project by woodchuckwoods posted 02-17-2016 02:35 AM 3303 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench we built for a raffle prize for our local woodworking show. It’s made out of maple and walnut, was a much bigger project than I imagined probably put 100-150 hours in and had some help from the other club members. You can check out the whole build on my blog www.galleryofwood.com/blog

-- check out my blog @ http://galleryofwood.com/blog





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 02:39 AM

That’s a really fantastic looking bench. I really like how and where you used the black walnut. Also how could you ever go wrong with Benchcrafted vises.

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 02:59 AM

Nice bench! 150 hours. At 10 per hour plus materials. Nice raffle prize.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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calisdad

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#3 posted 02-17-2016 05:24 AM

Nicest one I’ve seen. Very crisp joints and looks stout as can be.

Enjoyed your website as well. Good luck with the raffle.

-- Groveland, CA.

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 02-17-2016 09:00 AM

Ita a thing of beauty! I wish I had a shop big enough to have one of these. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Gixxerjoe04

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 01:30 PM

Sweet looking bench, wish the show was around me so i could enter haha.

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sammarine

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#6 posted 02-17-2016 03:23 PM

Nice Workbench, Good Job…. Lucky you, you’ve got all the help needed when building your workbench. I’d wish I had some help when building my workbench back in 2015.

-- Sam, Malaysia, http://split-top-roubo-bench.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 02-17-2016 03:29 PM

This is a beautiful workbench and will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Billy E

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#8 posted 02-17-2016 06:58 PM

I think that’s far and away the nicest raffle prize I’ve ever seen. Nice work.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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cmmyakman

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#9 posted 02-17-2016 08:09 PM

Great blog – very helpful the way you solved problems as I recently started my Roubo.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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bobasaurus

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#10 posted 02-17-2016 09:42 PM

That is incredible, I wish I had that exact bench. How does the joinery for the end cap work? Is it dovetailed on only the show edge? How does it deal with wood expansion on the cross grain attachment to the top?

About how much does that quantity of maple and walnut cost? I’m considering building one out of doug fir to save on costs, maybe just on the base.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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woodchuckwoods

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#11 posted 02-17-2016 09:53 PM



That is incredible, I wish I had that exact bench. How does the joinery for the end cap work? Is it dovetailed on only the show edge? How does it deal with wood expansion on the cross grain attachment to the top?

About how much does that quantity of maple and walnut cost? I m considering building one out of doug fir to save on costs, maybe just on the base.

- bobasaurus

Allen, i believe all the materials were about $2500 including vises from benchcrafted. as far as the end cap goes, the dovetails are very functional. they keep the sliding dog from tearing the end off during clamping. the cap is also attached with a tenon and 2 carriage bolts fit into slotted holes to allow for wood movement towards the back.

-- check out my blog @ http://galleryofwood.com/blog

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SteveGaskins

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#12 posted 02-18-2016 12:09 AM

Exceptional work. I would love to own a bench like that.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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Grumpymike

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#13 posted 02-18-2016 12:18 AM

Hey! where do I buy the raffle tickets … Great job on that bench

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#14 posted 02-18-2016 01:34 AM

Well that won’t do. You need to build another up to better specifications. No sane person would ever be happy getting that. I will take it so they don’t need to worry about it.

Seriously though, that is some great work. Amazing job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 02-18-2016 02:12 AM

Beautiful bench. It’s pretty much the design I saw in my minds eye for my bench. No, really. Right down to how you detailed the center board. Super and perfectly executed.

Say how do I get in on the raffle so I don’t have to spend the time building mine? :O And a woodworkers raffle for a $3k bench? How many woodworkers are there in Anchorage, AK that you can sell enough to cover the costs?

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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