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Cedar Work Bench

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Project by Belford posted 01-10-2017 04:36 AM 946 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this lightweight Cedar Bench last summer while on a weight restriction of not more then 10 pounds after emergency hernia surgery.
I built it in sections so I could transport it 300 miles to our winter home without getting another hernia.
Everyone told me a Cedar Bench wouldn’t last a month. Well it’s been several months and it holding up very well. It seems to me that the Cedar Top doesn’t dent anymore then my hard Maple Swedish bench.
In any case, it has a quick release vise that weighs 36 pounds that is a hassle and a Veritas Inset Vise, which is a God Send.
The finish is Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane over Blond De-Waxed Shellac.





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 06:02 AM

That’s a dandy looking little bench.

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 01:41 PM

Awesome bench. It is always better to dent the top of the bench than the project being worked on. The bench will last a long time.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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makeBrooklyn

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 04:25 PM

Beautiful, I love the way cedar looks but does the bench move when you try say plane on it? I made mine intentionally heavy to prevent that so of course it’s not particularly portable.

-- makeBrooklyn - Jim, Brooklyn, NY #handtools

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Belford

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 04:57 PM



Beautiful, I love the way cedar looks but does the bench move when you try say plane on it? I made mine intentionally heavy to prevent that so of course it s not particularly portable.

- makeBrooklyn


No, it doesn’t move. While I made the individual sections to be light, when assembled it’s heavy enough to be stable. Plus with the weight of the vise and all the junk I have stored on the two shelves it’s actually quite heavy.

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#5 posted 01-23-2017 11:40 AM

With a hard finish on it, I think cedar would do fine. especially with coupld of sacrificial bench hooks or workboards.

-- Curator, Museum of Unfinished Projects

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