My Workbench

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Project by llanaro posted 12-07-2009 10:18 PM 2155 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got myself a small shop and needed a workbech—-before I new what a dog hole was I did some searching on the web and found all kinds of workbench styles.. I took the features I liked and built this one here.

I had some rough cherry and maple but not enough to complete the job so I used the cherry for the top with maple as an edge and legs..
the top is 5” all way through and very solid,, the vise jaws 2 inch thick maple.

and found out the dog holes are very handy and use them all the time


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#1 posted 12-07-2009 10:23 PM

looks very nice! big and stout, and very useful, and usable.

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

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 10:32 PM

Thats a nice mass of wood! Great looking bench!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 10:51 PM

Beautiful! Now that you know how to build them, you gonna make me one? pant pant


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#4 posted 12-07-2009 11:12 PM

Beautiful bench. Like you were I am looking at many bench’s to select what will fit me best. What did you use as a finish on the top?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 11:56 PM

Nice work and a beautiful bench. I purchased my main bench used, but it has a similar design with the vises. If you wanted to you could use dogs on the end vise ( I couldn’t tell from the picture if you drilled holes for them in the vise) and achieve a four point hold down. I find that the four point hold down is awesome whenever I need to surface plane a panel.

Best wishes on your woodworking projects.



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#6 posted 12-08-2009 12:21 AM

Beastly for sure great start on your new work space. Enjoy and stay safe…Blkcherry

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 01:33 AM

Beautiful workbench.

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 02:37 AM

nice shop u can put a nice set up in there and do some great work the bench looks good too.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 12-08-2009 02:45 AM

Very nicely done. Should last several lifetimes. Make sure you inscribe it somewhere. Beautiful.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 12-08-2009 03:28 AM

Very great workbench, rock solid, strong and heavy. I agree with J.C., it should last many generations.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 12-08-2009 04:15 AM

A fantastic bench a really great job

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#12 posted 12-08-2009 06:37 AM

Beautiful work.

-- " There is no more important rule than to wear these, SAFTEY GLASSES"

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#13 posted 12-08-2009 01:31 PM

another clean shop Arghhhh!
Nice bench too

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 12-08-2009 02:19 PM

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without someone posting their new Work Bench, but this one is definitely a cut above!! I am green with envy!! Superb Job, Lou!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 12-08-2009 02:32 PM

Thanks for all your nice comments—-I was asked the finish I used—-Several Coats of Danish Oil

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