Workbench made in Brazil

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Project by Willy Cordero posted 12-08-2016 06:49 PM 4094 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

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

Finish done with a lot of sanding and tung oil.

Here a video of the building process

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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

Wow, beautiful bench!

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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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#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 -

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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.


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

This is a great workbench and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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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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