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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 09-03-2016 04:30 PM 1865 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently started making custom work benches for sale. This is the second one so far. Neither one had vises, but I will add them when needed. Custom sizes, materials, vises, etc are available. I am also working g on detailed plans that will be available for sale as soon as I can figure out my blasted CAD program. I have always been one of those guys that builds from a sketch on a napkin!

The top is laminated 1 1/2” thick Ash, banded with Walnut and Oak. The base is Oak with doweled joints. I would have used my Festool Domino, but my son had it when I was ready to do this project. Soon I will be getting the large Domino machine, so in the future that’s how I will create the joints, unless someone specifies something different on a custom bench. The long stretchers will be knock down hardware to allow for shipping. For local I can certainly go either way.

I am actually getting as much I interest in this as furniture as I am work benches. t certainly doesn’t matter to me.
If you have followed me over the years you know my shop stuff is made like furniture anyway. It’s not in me to do it any other way!

Thanks for looking!

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 05:48 PM

Too pretty to do any work on. lol

Nice job.

Are you using Sketch Up? It’s my best tool in my shop.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Woodenwizard

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 06:08 PM

Nice Job! Looks very sturdy.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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observer100

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 10:36 PM

Beautiful!

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Eddie_T

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 01:44 AM

I have always thought a low bench with and end vice would make a nice and interesting coffee table. The vice could find uses for holding a variety of things but my wife never bought the concept. Your vice is certainly furniture grade.

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Rick M

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#5 posted 09-04-2016 02:52 AM

Good looking bench, like the subtle contrast.

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HerbC

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#6 posted 09-04-2016 03:05 AM

It’s pretty but I foresee major problems with wood movement due to the design of the top with the laminated top being banded with the two layers of walnut and oak. Hope it doesn’t happen but your design leaves no room for the movement of the top inside the banding.

Good luck, let us know how things go down the road a bit.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Vince

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#7 posted 09-04-2016 05:23 AM

Very nice work

-- Vince

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Eddie_T

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#8 posted 09-06-2016 11:41 PM

I goofed, here’s the corrected comment!


I have always thought a low bench with and end vice would make a nice and interesting coffee table. The vice could find uses for holding a variety of things but my wife never bought the concept. Your bench is certainly furniture grade.

- Eddie_T


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JPJ

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 02:46 AM

Nice job!

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pottz

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#10 posted 09-07-2016 07:07 PM

man that is one pretty nice work bench,i think id have a hard time messin that up,i use my benches without regard too damage inflicted.i also think herb might be right about the wood movement especially in a shop with big temperature swings you may get some splitting,hope not.great work though.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Tim Royal

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#11 posted 09-08-2016 01:15 AM



man that is one pretty nice work bench,i think id have a hard time messin that up,i use my benches without regard too damage inflicted.i also think herb might be right about the wood movement especially in a shop with big temperature swings you may get some splitting,hope not.great work though.

- pottz

Beautiful bench, but I also was going to ask how you accounted for wood movement?

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 09-08-2016 01:30 AM

Very nice.

You’re going to have expansion issues in the future.

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

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mafe

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#13 posted 09-27-2016 07:39 PM

Super nice Kent.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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