Traditional Work Bench

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Project by HenryH posted 01-04-2010 11:40 PM 8518 views 24 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Traditional Work Bench
Red Oak Base and Apron
American Beech Top and Vises.
Aprox 62L x 28W x 30H

I made this bench to replace my long suffering old bench made of construction 2×4’s and plywood. The basic design is based on an article by Lon Schleining in FWW magazine and I made some modifications to suit my style. It is a little shorted but a lttle wider than that design. As you can see my basement shop space does not provide the luxury for a big bench. I built this mainly for use with power tools so I wanted more surface area. I will add some more round dog holes but not until I use it and get a better feel for it.

The wood was bought local from a small sawmill run by Dave Spacht here in SE PA. I like using local grown and milled lumber. It adds something to any project. Beside where else are you goning to get 15 in wide 8/4 American Beech?

-- HenryH - PA

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 11:44 PM

very nice bench!


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#2 posted 01-04-2010 11:55 PM

good job..looks great…..I hope to build a similar bench this Spring

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 11:55 PM

Nice one bud, You going to make one for me? L.O.L.

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 11:57 PM

I must grudgingly admit it looks slightly better than the 2×4 and OSB bench I’m using at the moment :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 01-05-2010 12:05 AM

You better hope you never have to get it out of the basement. LOL

Gorgeous work. You gotta be proud.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#6 posted 01-05-2010 12:30 AM

Looks great, should be a good one for many years.

OK I’ll bite, I don’t see a string so is there a magnet on the back of the chisel?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#7 posted 01-05-2010 02:20 AM

very nice work bench..and i too also enjoy using local hardwoods…congrats on a good build..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 01-05-2010 06:08 AM

Very nice…working on my own right now. Hope it gets lots of use!

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#9 posted 01-05-2010 06:10 AM

Very nice workbench. Sure wish I had something as nice as this to work on! You obviously gave a lot of thought to what you wanted and how you wanted to implement it and it shows. Great job!


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#10 posted 01-05-2010 06:13 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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#11 posted 01-05-2010 06:29 AM

It looks great! You included a lot of nice details!


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#12 posted 01-05-2010 08:15 AM

WOW. Beautiful. The beech looks rich and creamy, and it looks solid enough to support a Sherman tank or two.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#13 posted 01-05-2010 08:18 AM

Nice looking bench Henry i like the open tenon joint

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#14 posted 01-05-2010 10:25 AM

Hey Henry,
SWEET job.

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#15 posted 01-05-2010 02:54 PM

Henry, this is a gorgeous bench that will give you years of service. It looks to be sold and well built.

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

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