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Project by dannorocks posted 02-12-2017 06:09 PM 1297 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built using plans sourced from stumpynubs.com – made the lay out quite easy. I did not make square dog holes and did only 3/4” holes as I already had a few veritas dogs, and also had done a few things differently by mistake yet somehow it came off well in the end. Yes, it was a painstakingly process as I didn’t have a solid work top to build on other than my saw benches. But it was worth it. Total cost is about $275 including hardware, glue, and yellow pine construction lumber.

First, at the time I didn’t have a bench but a few foldning saw horses, so prior to the bench I had made a pair of sturdy saw benches.

Then I purchased about 24 2”x6” construction lumber, all 8’ long- yellow pine. At the time I went to the local big box store and found the straitest boards and took three different stores to finally source enough build with. I then let it dry out for approximately 3 months. Then I jointed the edges and planed the lumber down to make it not look so much like construction lumber. Glad I bought more than I needed to build as several winded on me and did not end up being part of the bench.

Then I laid out the boards, sort of following the plans from the aforementioned source. Glued each half together because thats all the clamps I have and I let it set overnight.

While one half was glued and setting I ran the opposite half through the planer. I suggest asking for help to do this, don’t do this alone like I did. I nearly hit the reset button on my back again.

Ok then I glued the legs up, squared them up and got all excited with the chisels and mortised and tenoned the skirts. This is where I realized I made one heck of a mortise yet in the wrong places. So I removed the difference and ended up building ‘feet’ out of scraps to fix my errors.

The legs sat proud of the top and I trimmed them down with a panel saw and one of those flush cutting saws. I suggest just a panel saw as the flush cutting saw has too many teeth for the job.

And some action shots of some jointing and gang chopping waste!



And here’s a shot of the lovely York quick release vice I used for a tail vice. I think its a great product for the price.

Hope you all enjoy and feel free to comment. This won’t be the last bench I build; but its definitely improved my joinery skills and I’m forever grateful for other lumberjocks that had built beefy benches that inspired me to do mine.





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 02-12-2017 07:33 PM

Looks good and solid with great joinery. Well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 08:05 PM

Fun times in the shop, enjoy your new workmate!

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#3 posted 02-12-2017 08:07 PM

Looks GREAT. Well made ! Good Job !

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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dannorocks

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#4 posted 02-12-2017 10:24 PM

Thank you. Its been more than a workmate, its almost another set of hands!

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WhoMe

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#5 posted 02-12-2017 11:36 PM

Nice bench. It looks really sturdy. I wish we had syp here on the west coast.
Just curious on the dimensions, L x W, thickness of top and how thick the legs are.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 03:53 PM

It looks like a good practical workbench. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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dannorocks

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#7 posted 02-13-2017 05:25 PM

Thanks Charles. I don’t recall the exact dimensions at the moment, I’m close to 600 miles from home right now, I do know it’s roughly 5” thick 20” wide by 5’ 4”. 33” tall and the legs are 3 boards thick- 3 3/4” by 5”.

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WhoMe

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#8 posted 02-14-2017 04:08 AM

Thanks Dan for the dimensions. puts things into scale better.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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dannorocks

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#9 posted 02-14-2017 06:16 PM

Your welcome. General idea was to get the top ~5’ long and use the ~3’ scrap to make the legs. That kept the lumber cost down.

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WhoMe

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#10 posted 02-19-2017 05:40 AM

Ooo, that’s smart. Almost no waste.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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dannorocks

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#11 posted 02-20-2017 05:01 PM

That’s right! The waste 3’ boards turned into a few solid saw benches too.


Ooo, that s smart. Almost no waste.

- WhoMe


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#12 posted 02-21-2017 02:11 PM

that is a fine bench you’ve built. nice saw benches, too. congrats on reaching the finish line!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 03-10-2017 12:28 AM

Looks great! Did you cut the lumber to length before or after you dried it for 3 months?

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dannorocks

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#14 posted 03-10-2017 05:14 PM

Yes after about 3 months I dimensioned the lumber and cut it to length and let it sit a few days before glue up.


Looks great! Did you cut the lumber to length before or after you dried it for 3 months?

- TigerHiker


Looks great! Did you cut the lumber to length before or after you dried it for 3 months?

- TigerHiker


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