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Project by Muddman posted 11-01-2016 04:41 PM 3351 views 18 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a bench I just finished. Originally it was gonna be a mini work bench but it turned out too pretty to beat up so I’m just gonna sit on it:)

-- Noah, Eastern Washington





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John

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#1 posted 11-01-2016 04:53 PM

I couldn’t pound on that bench either, real nice Noah.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 11-01-2016 06:45 PM

Beautiful, it will look even better with a few years worth of tools marks on it. :)
The joinery is amazing!!

-- Being focused on a project is the best meditation, it allows you to live in the moment"

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iminmyshop

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#3 posted 11-01-2016 07:29 PM

A beautiful bench. Maybe you can use it as a dining room table instead of messing it up in your workshop : )

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#4 posted 11-01-2016 07:51 PM

It looks like you have those wedged M&T joints mastered! Really nice job. Did you use a jig (e.g. Leigh D4R)?

Was the original plan to be able to clamp or attach this to the top of your regular workbench for a raised work surface? If so, I think that’s a good idea. I like the idea of having the flexibility of a work surface closer to chest height in which you can do detail level work.

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Muddman

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#5 posted 11-01-2016 08:10 PM

Thanks all!! No jig…drilled out the bulk of the mortises on drill press and then bench chisels.

-- Noah, Eastern Washington

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Muddman

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#6 posted 11-01-2016 08:12 PM

Thanks all!! No jig…drilled out the bulk of the mortises on drill press and then bench chisels.


It looks like you have those wedged M&T joints mastered! Really nice job. Did you use a jig (e.g. Leigh D4R)?

Was the original plan to be able to clamp or attach this to the top of your regular workbench for a raised work surface? If so, I think that s a good idea. I like the idea of having the flexibility of a work surface closer to chest height in which you can do detail level work.

- Bill_Steele


That was the plan and also to be able to take it inside during winter and do some work small in the living room…thanks for comment

-- Noah, Eastern Washington

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#7 posted 11-01-2016 08:19 PM

That’s a great looking bench—way too nice to bang on! You could use it at the foot of the bed, as you dress in the morning, and it would make a fine addition to the room!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 11-01-2016 09:17 PM



That s a great looking bench—way too nice to bang on! You could use it at the foot of the bed, as you dress in the morning, and it would make a fine addition to the room!

- Mean_Dean


That would make a fine addition to any room – beautiful

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 11-01-2016 09:36 PM

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#10 posted 11-01-2016 09:37 PM

gotta agree too, that is way too nice too beat the crap out of.i love those through tenons gotta use those myself,its just all around gorgeous,great work.

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

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#11 posted 11-01-2016 10:57 PM

Yes, as others have said, very beautiful and would be great as a piece of furniture.

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#12 posted 11-01-2016 11:09 PM

Wow – very nice. The thru tenons on the top are the icing on the cake. And hand cut. <sigh>

Is the top a single piece of walnut? If the proportions are close, I’d guess 8/4 thick and 16” wide, maybe 3 ft long? I would commit any number of less than honorable activities to find walnut like that…...

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#13 posted 11-01-2016 11:18 PM

Very nice bench. Actually, quite beautiful. Love the thru tenons on the top.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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Muddman

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#14 posted 11-02-2016 01:30 AM

It is a single piece…8/4, 11in wide and 38in long…thanks for the post!


Wow – very nice. The thru tenons on the top are the icing on the cake. And hand cut.

Is the top a single piece of walnut? If the proportions are close, I d guess 8/4 thick and 16” wide, maybe 3 ft long? I would commit any number of less than honorable activities to find walnut like that…...

- EarlS


-- Noah, Eastern Washington

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#15 posted 11-02-2016 05:31 AM

That is flat out beautiful.

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