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Project by rlwilson posted 03-17-2010 10:16 PM 2452 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my workbench designed around a 11’ 12/4 piece of ash that is 10” wide. I wanted something with a very solid work area and large assembly area. Bench is 8’ long and 4’ wide. Center section is 2 layers of mdf that can easily be flipped and switched to “renew” the top. Center section is housed in a frame of Doug fir, tool tray is from an alder project gone bad… End vise was garage sell find, Wilton “L” vise (don’t know the name) was free because the clips that work the lock broke one hose clamp later it works! Legs are laminated fir, and a touch of mahogany for the L vise block… Sealed with a few coats of general water based poly. I am very happy with this bench, it is big and sturdy! My workshop is very humble but works well! Just an old pvc billboard for a roof works well when you live in the desert!

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 10:52 PM

Nice workbench.

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 11:08 PM

Very nice bench indeed. How do you like that Wilton Vise? I’ve thinking of buying one just like it on my local craigslist for $50…

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 11:11 PM

Nice Bench, Do I see a Shopsmith in the back ground. I have one I bought used that was made the year I was born 1956 it still runs great.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 11:11 PM

Greetings from a fellow Shopsmith owner.

Your new workbench looks great!! Congratulations!! A workbench that size will prove very useful. And with six children, you will probably put the workbench to use more and more as time goes by.

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 11:45 PM

Wow, that’s beautiful!

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 11:48 PM

Nice bench, love the floor haha.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#7 posted 03-18-2010 12:03 AM

very nice bench

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 03-18-2010 12:21 AM

Thanks for the comments:
The vise works great the L shape is kind of rare Mine is mounted upside down so I could put it on the leg.
Yes I Love the Shopsmith also but I did have to cut the 12/4 ash with a circular saw…
No need to sweep my floor!

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#9 posted 03-18-2010 12:22 AM

Wilson – Sweet bench.
I’m busy renovating a Shopsmith, and I’d love to get a closer look at the cabinet slung under your Shopsmith.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#10 posted 03-18-2010 01:46 AM

Suweet bench!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 03-18-2010 04:05 AM

Ah this is a great bench, my dream bench someday!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#12 posted 03-18-2010 08:59 AM

Nice and sturdy looking bench – want to swap workshops for the winter?

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#13 posted 04-12-2010 03:55 AM

Looks very functional and well designed.

-- Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.

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#14 posted 06-03-2011 12:38 AM

Good looking bench!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#15 posted 09-10-2012 03:48 PM

I like the depth and size of the workbench. Good job.

-- Whoever finds mistakes can keep them. English is a foreign language to me.

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