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Project by HenryH posted 1665 days ago 6524 views 23 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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russv

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#1 posted 1665 days ago

very nice bench!

russv

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measure2x

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#2 posted 1665 days ago

Henry,
good job..looks great…..I hope to build a similar bench this Spring
cheers,
Terry

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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GaryBuck

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#3 posted 1665 days ago

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

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Jeison

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#4 posted 1665 days ago

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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jim C

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#5 posted 1665 days ago

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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Tim Dahn

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#6 posted 1665 days ago

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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grizzman

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#7 posted 1665 days ago

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

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

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MikeOB

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#8 posted 1665 days ago

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

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#9 posted 1665 days ago

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!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 1665 days ago

Nice looking workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bill729

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#11 posted 1665 days ago

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

Bill

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dorran

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#12 posted 1665 days ago

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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pommy

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#13 posted 1665 days ago

Nice looking bench Henry i like the open tenon joint

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Splinterman

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#14 posted 1665 days ago

Hey Henry,
SWEET job.

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Scott Bryan

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#15 posted 1665 days ago

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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