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Project by theoldfart posted 03-08-2016 04:06 PM 5540 views 11 times favorited 66 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench has been a long time in the making. A combination of LJ bench projects and Christopher Schwarz books gave me the information and motivation to take this on. I tried to use mostly hand tools. I did use a power planer for stock dimensioning but after that it was exclusively hand tools with the exception of the dog holes on the bench top.

The vital statistics are as follows

Overall bench size is 33” tall, 22 1/2” wide and 86” long

The top is 4” thick and made up of oak with two cherry accent strips and draw bored Cherry bread board ends. I did not wedge the legs, this way I can disassemble it.

Legs are 5 1/8” square as are the short stretchers and are Douglas Fir and are draw bored.

Long stretchers are 4 3/4” x 3” and are recovered barn beams and I used BenchCrafted Bench Bolts.

Leg vise is 3” thick 7 1/2” wide and 32 3/4” tall and opens to 10 3/4” and does not sag! It’s made of maple and cherryThere is 9” from the screw to the bench top. Also I used the BenchCrafted Criss Cross and

Screw is a Lake Erie Tool Works and I would highly recommend them

The end vise is a vintage Shelton with a cherry chop.

I have no idea what the thing weighs but it doesn’t move in use.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )





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lysdexic

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 04:11 PM

That’s friggin’ awesome! Beautiful

What kind of finish?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 04:14 PM

Very nice! Good to see it posted.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Brit

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 04:15 PM

Looks great Kev, but mind you don’t get a ring from that coffee cup.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 04:17 PM

Outstanding Kevin!

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 04:18 PM

Scotty, your bench is what got me going on this journey. Thanks for the inspiration.

Brit and Slim thanks.

BTW Brit need some updates on your shop.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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yuridichesky

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#6 posted 03-08-2016 04:19 PM

Kevin, the workbench is superb, and the shop is so clean well organized!
Such a great example of thoughtful approach to woodworking.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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kiefer

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#7 posted 03-08-2016 04:25 PM

Nice strong and traditional looking bench !
What is next ?

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#8 posted 03-08-2016 04:27 PM

A great bench, Kevin! Nicely adorned with hardware, too.

Well worth the wait considering the final product will outlast all of us.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 03-08-2016 04:30 PM

Kev, awesome job. Gotta feel good to have it done. Does your wood screw smoothly operate? My old ones function well, but they are not smooth to turn.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 03-08-2016 04:30 PM

Great bench Kev! I’m sure it will be more than worth the time and effort you put into it. But Kiefer is right, what’s next?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 03-08-2016 04:44 PM

Thanks to all of you.

Bob, wish I had my new saws when I was building it.

Klaus, a set of night stands. I built a table and chair set for my grandkids during the bench build.

terry thanks, maple syrup on the way this week!

Todd, it spins with one finger. No binding anywhere, I got lucky!

Andy, thanks for the support and help during the build. Your advice saved my butt during the leg vise fiasco.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 03-08-2016 04:45 PM

Glorious Kev!

-- ~Tony

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#13 posted 03-08-2016 05:10 PM

Look at you! You and stef are done so I guess I gotta harass myself…

Good stuff old chap

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 03-08-2016 05:22 PM

Todd, it spins with one finger. No binding anywhere, I got lucky!

- theoldfart

That’s great to hear, Kevin. I’ve pondered if there would be a way to address mine.


Good stuff old chap

- TheFridge

old chap usually comes after an old fart

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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theoldfart

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#15 posted 03-08-2016 05:25 PM

Todd, I did use paraffin on the screw and nut.

Tony and Fridge thanks

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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