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Project by Willy Cordero posted 12-08-2016 06:49 PM 4034 views 8 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project back in late January 2016, when I started to select some timber, specially for the top. I selected jatoba pieces about 4” by 1 1/4” and put them to air dry. I went the rest of the year selecting pieces and thinking on my design. Finally early november, i had some time and decided to go ahead and start building the bench. You can see on one of the pictures my “design”, as you can see, i am terrible drawing, but it was enough for the most critical measures.
I live, and my main workshop is in Costa rica, but i am living now in Brasil, so I have limited resources here and that influenced my design and assembling methods.
Most of the wood is JATOBA (also called brazilian cherry), the legs are TIGERWOOD (fine Astronium) and I also included the use of some Cumaru (the rail for the deadman and the lower guide for the leg vise). The vise chop is a beautiful piece of Angelim Vermelho (Dinizia excelsa) a very nice, heavy and hard wood. I also used some small pieces of Macaranduba (Manilkara bidentata) a wood that I initially consider for the top.
On the construction I used a combination of bolts, some mortises and dowels. The construction is very solid.
The bench weights around 325 pounds (about 160 kg).
Both vises were purchased from

http://metalacos.com.br/produto.asp?cod_produto=22#

The leg wise is pinless system thanks to the ideas shared here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=338U49EtWso#action=share

Finish done with a lot of sanding and tung oil.

Here a video of the building process
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET9AuK4409U&feature=youtu.be

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 12-08-2016 06:53 PM

Wow, beautiful bench!

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Willy Cordero

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#2 posted 12-08-2016 06:59 PM

thanks…..glad you like it


Wow, beautiful bench!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop


-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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#3 posted 12-08-2016 07:56 PM

Very nice and I love the wood used.

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#4 posted 12-08-2016 08:03 PM

Way to nice to use. Great job!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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ralbuck

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#5 posted 12-08-2016 08:42 PM

Almost too pretty to use for a workbench!

Very well done!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#6 posted 12-08-2016 08:42 PM

I like the way you make fine furniture to double as a

fine work bench.

Beautiful work Willy!

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#7 posted 12-08-2016 09:23 PM

Beautiful bench. love the wood selection

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 12-08-2016 09:47 PM

Beautiful workbench, love the wood and how nicely it’s built!!

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium - http://www.delaeywood.be

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#9 posted 12-08-2016 09:55 PM

Gotz 2 B stable cuz it must weigh a ton! Gotta luv jatoba.

M

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#10 posted 12-08-2016 09:59 PM

This is a great workbench and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 12-08-2016 11:41 PM

That is an amazing bench. It’s to beautiful to use for woodworking.

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#12 posted 12-09-2016 12:24 AM

a piece of art used to make more art,you gotta love it.

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

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#13 posted 12-09-2016 01:43 AM

Beautiful bench great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#14 posted 12-09-2016 06:00 AM

That’s a beauty!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#15 posted 12-09-2016 12:19 PM

Great work Willy! Love the wood choices and the leg vise.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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