work bench

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Project by wrenchhead posted 02-19-2010 04:16 AM 3699 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my work bench.The top is made of maple,walnut,birch and mahogany and is 2 3/4” thick. The base is made of southern yellow pine. I put it together with mortise and tenon joints. It is 60”x26”x36” high. I put the tray in the middle of the top so I can work on all four sides of the bench. I still have to add holes for bench dogs. The most challenging part of this project was flattening the top with hand planes.I am very pleased with how it came out. It makes hand tool work much nicer when the bench isn’t walking all over the shop.

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 04:18 AM

Nice workbench.

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 04:19 AM

Beautiful workbench.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 04:21 AM

that is a very nice workbench….looks very solid…great job.

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 04:29 AM

That’s too nice to use! Be a shame to mar it all up LOL. Great job!

-- Gotwood1962, If sawdust were valuable... I'd be a millionaire

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 04:32 AM

I really like the tray placement. That would work out well for the way I use my bench, which doesn’t have a tray. Something to consider for the next one.

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 04:32 AM

I’m soooo jealous. Having just started working with hand planes, I know how important it is to have a bench that doesn’t move all over the place. But, hand planing provides an awesome finish that sanding could never do. BTW – I like the table saw … looks just like the one in my garage.

-- Don

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#7 posted 02-19-2010 04:40 AM

OUTSTANDING! Man, that is the edge of envy. I wish I had that kind of handtooling skill!

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#8 posted 02-19-2010 04:41 AM

Very nice top. Excellent addition to your shop.

-- Glen

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#9 posted 02-19-2010 04:52 AM

I love the design. I do not have a large enough shop to fit a bench like that yet. Love it.

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#10 posted 02-19-2010 06:07 AM

Great choices of woods, Looks great!

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#11 posted 02-19-2010 07:28 AM

Love the colos and layout of the colors…what did you use as a finish???


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#12 posted 02-19-2010 01:25 PM

Fantastic looking table, I will have to work on one at some point.


-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#13 posted 02-19-2010 01:31 PM

Really nice.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#14 posted 02-19-2010 01:50 PM

I just rubbed in some boiled linseed oil for the finish.Something that will be easy to reapply as it starts to get beat up.

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#15 posted 02-19-2010 10:36 PM

Great bench—-Now have fun using it

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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