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Project by TylerAnderson posted 07-24-2016 06:31 PM 1527 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my completed French style bench. I built it mostly to the plans in Chris Schwarz’s workbench book. I made mine a little taller ( 35”). I did this because I worked on it using the top and sawhorses and it was right at 33.5 inches. I’m pretty tall and have a long torso and I foun it to be way to short. The new height has been nice so far.

It’s made of southern yellow pine with cherry accents. I could have chosen the pine a little better to get less knots, but it was always picked over when I went to lowes.

The end vise is just a columbian that I got at a pawn shop, but I think it will work great.

So far I really like th bench, and I don’t imagine I will ever wear it out

Thanks
Tyler.





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 07-24-2016 07:17 PM

Good looking bench and I like the painted base.

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

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shipwright

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#2 posted 07-24-2016 08:45 PM

Nice bench.
If you do even the smallest edit to your photos they will show right side up. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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TylerAnderson

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#3 posted 07-24-2016 08:49 PM

Thanks. I was wondering how to get the righ side up. They were on my phone but wouldn’t show up correct.

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shipwright

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#4 posted 07-24-2016 09:01 PM

Just rotate them and then crop them a tiny bit.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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BurlyBob

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 12:10 AM

That’s a real fine looking bench. It’s making me antsy to start mine.

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TylerAnderson

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#6 posted 07-25-2016 03:15 AM

Thanks It took me a while to build it due to….life I guess, but now I’m really glad I made it. It always feels good to work on something for a while and have it come out like you saw it in your mind!

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gargey

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#7 posted 07-25-2016 02:07 PM

Nice bench.

Consider painting (at least the outside of) the leg vise for better visual symmetry. The wood has some knots anyway so might look better painted.

You said cherry accents, anything other than the vice chop?

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gargey

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#8 posted 07-25-2016 02:09 PM

Mispost.

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TylerAnderson

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#9 posted 07-25-2016 02:31 PM

The guide for the leg vise is cherry as well. I thought about painting the leg vise, but I decide to just draining oil it. When you view from an angle, you can see the blue leg behind and it looks better than straight on.

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kiefer

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#10 posted 07-25-2016 03:13 PM

Good looking bench and the blue gives it almost a Shaker look even so it’s a French style bench .
One thing I would do is seal up the bottom of the legs as they will suck up moisture from the concrete floor which may cause swelling or rot .
Well done and enjoy and it should last more then a lifetime .

Klaus

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

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MattIsBuffalo

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#11 posted 07-25-2016 06:20 PM

How did you go about attaching the legs to the top? I’m not seeing the typical dovetail for the legs. Just curious.

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TylerAnderson

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#12 posted 07-26-2016 02:47 AM

Thanks Klaus. I will make sure to seal the logs, that’s a good idea

Matt,
I attached the top with blind tenons that are draw bored. This is like Chris Schwarz lays out in his first workbench book. It’s a little easier than the full dovetails.

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shopdawg

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#13 posted 09-22-2016 02:42 PM

Great looking bench.

-- Max, GEORGIA, http://shopdawgwoodworking. com

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TylerAnderson

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#14 posted 09-22-2016 03:12 PM

Thanks Shopdawg!

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