Holtzapffel Workbench

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Project by sphayden posted 09-07-2016 01:29 AM 2976 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Holtzapffel workbench. Made from all birch. Three inch thick solid top. No twin screw vise, maybe later.

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 02:27 AM

Great looking workbench.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 09-07-2016 03:28 AM

Very nice! You should get many years of enjoyment out of it!

-- Semper Fi

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 04:51 AM

Nice job!

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 06:19 AM

That’s a great looking and beefy bench.

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#5 posted 09-07-2016 02:08 PM

Clean design, beefy construction … Looks like a winner.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#6 posted 09-07-2016 03:49 PM

This is a very nice looking bench and will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 09-07-2016 04:05 PM

Well done. I like the simple, clean lines of the Holtzapffel design, even without the twin screw vise and used it as a basis for my bench. I see bolts into the lower stretchers, so is this a knockdown version?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 09-07-2016 04:22 PM

Well done bench and it looks like it will take a lot to move it about. Bench crafted bench bolts I’m guessing?

Edit: Any plans for a deadman?

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

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 09:41 PM

Great lookin’ bench … Holtzapffel ? ... yeah, say that three tines real fast.

I had a friend in Seattle that made a similar bench with the Birch top but made the frame and legs out of Doug fir (aka Red Fir). A stout bench to say the least … Your bench looks to be as stout. and useful.

With the face vise and an end vise with dog holes, what else could you ask for?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 09-08-2016 01:10 AM

Very nice!

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop):

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#11 posted 09-09-2016 04:39 AM

Very nice bench.

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#12 posted 09-10-2016 03:28 PM

It is the knockdown version. I’m sure I will be moving. In fact, I made it with mortises and tenons for the glue-up style so that, when I want to, I could take out the bolts and glue it up. Since the legs are so thick, there was enough room for full-length tenons and still enough wood left to hold the bolts. The Benchcrafted bolts are very nice. I liked them better than the Woodcraft style.

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#13 posted 09-12-2016 04:26 PM

Nice bench!

-- Matt at:

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