Chistopher Schwarz 2 Day Workbench

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Project by louroy posted 05-29-2017 04:25 PM 1914 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago I stumbled across a Veritas bench top (complete with vises and bench dogs) at an estate sale. In a hurry to start using it, I hastily assembled a base out of 2×4’s and 4×4’s I had sitting around. And I’ve never been happy with it – it trembled and shook just from looking at it. So when I saw the video for this workbench base I knew it was what I wanted. The folks at my local Shurway Lumber ordered some grade 1 dug fir 4×4’s, and i got to work running them through my Dewalt planer to clean them up a bit. The only stumbling block was discovering that my newly purchased Triton Tools ‘contractor saw’ had too short of an arbor to accept my dado stack. So I was forced to cut all the half-lap joints 1/4” at a time. I preferred this method to using the band saw due to my comfort level with the band saw. The assembly was straight-forward, and the end result is magnificent. I built the bench tall (38”) because I’m 6’4” and hate bending over all the time.

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 05:28 PM

Looks like a nice sturdy work bench!



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#2 posted 05-29-2017 06:35 PM

Beefy and quick, solid joinery, very nice. I am also a fan of Chris Schwarz joinery and designs.

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#3 posted 05-29-2017 07:12 PM

Wonderful bench, sorry about the short arbor on the TS

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#4 posted 05-29-2017 07:56 PM

Looks very well done,nice!

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#5 posted 05-30-2017 01:21 PM

The base of this bench is very nice and that top added to it will make a great bench.

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#6 posted 05-30-2017 01:30 PM

looks 2 be very sturdy …......GREAT JOB :<))


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#7 posted 05-31-2017 10:14 AM

Heavy Duty for sure!!!

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