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Project by grumpybear7357 posted 01-02-2017 03:27 AM 3415 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last August I began a build on a wood working workbench – completed in November. I had previously built a similar bench on a smaller scale based on plans downloaded from a woodworking magazine. I used the same plans, modified in size and proportions. The entire workbench is made of Southern Yellow Pine obtained from a local sawmill. All lumber was 8/4 rough cut – actually sawn closer to 9/4. Dimensions of the feet and legs are a full 4 inches by 4 inches. The top rails and stretchers are a full 2 inches by 4 inches. The work surface measures 29 by 60 inches by 2 1/2 inches thick. The mortices were cut on the my ShopSmith. Due to the 4 inch thickness of the feet and legs, those mortices had to be drilled from both sides of each foot and leg then chiseled through. All tenons were cut by hand. The stretcher tenons measure 1×3x4 inches long, the leg tenons are 2×2x2 inches long into the top rails, and 2×2x4 inches long into the feet. The stretcher tenons each contain two hardwood wedges. Four 3/4 inch dog holes were drilled across the top using the ShopSmith as a drill press. Although not pictured, the bench is finished in a mixture of BLO/SatinPoly/Mineral Spirits in a 1:1:1 mixture. The bench is rock solid and heavy enough to stay in place while hand planing, sawing, etc. The bench vise was my father’s. I have had it for 25 years, but this is the first workbench I have had it mounted on.

The basic plans I used (and modified considerably) can be downloaded here:
http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/woodshop-projects/work-bench/simple-to-build-workbench-woodworking-plan

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#1 posted 01-02-2017 05:51 AM

Very nice bench GB, Im glad you didn’t paint your dads vise and left it as was. I like the dimentions also.

Happy wood working !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-02-2017 09:14 AM

Nicely done, and those large tenons by hand… good job.

I am wondering about one thing though—don’t you think you would miss legs that line up with the front of the table top, so that you can easier clamp long pieces on your vise? It’s something that I miss right now on my trestle-legged workbench… the advantage is of course, that you won’t run into the legs; you have a bit more free space.

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ronstar

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#3 posted 01-02-2017 01:21 PM

Nice bench! And the vise adds a great touch.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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grumpybear7357

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#4 posted 01-02-2017 02:00 PM

Thanks for the comments -

DrTebi – The legs being set back has yet to be an issue, but I have worked fairly small projects. At some point I may wish the legs were flush to the front. In the mean time, I do have more room for my big feet :-) Thanks for reading

- Ed

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. (They hate it when you do that).

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 04:23 PM

This bench turned out nicely.

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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#6 posted 01-03-2017 01:13 AM

Regarding flush legs:
You could add a tall apron to the front, which would allow you to mount long boards from underneath. Just an idea… Anyway, there is no perfect workbench. I am very happy with my side workbench which also has trestle legs, exactly for that “big feet” reason that you describe :) I have managed to do most of everything on it somehow.

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grumpybear7357

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#7 posted 01-03-2017 01:36 AM

DrTebi – I am actually planning to add a hardwood rail system to the rear edge of the work surface. The rail will have dog holes along its length, so it will accommodate clamping stock up to about 4 1/2 feet, lengthwise, horizontally of course. I figure I will post pictures of the rail when complete – but there are other projects to complete first :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. (They hate it when you do that).

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DrTebi

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#8 posted 01-03-2017 06:39 AM



DrTebi – I am actually planning to add a hardwood rail system to the rear edge of the work surface. The rail will have dog holes along its length, so it will accommodate clamping stock up to about 4 1/2 feet, lengthwise, horizontally of course. I figure I will post pictures of the rail when complete – but there are other projects to complete first :-)

- grumpybear7357


That sounds perfect then! Post the pictures when it’s done please…

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#9 posted 01-03-2017 01:30 PM

That is a Dandy bench, sturdy, strong, clean tendon joinery, great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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