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Classic Workbench

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Project by DavidTTU posted 07-31-2017 02:34 PM 736 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this on the workbench smack down thread. If you are thinking about building a bench, then this thread is a must visit, revisit, and visit again.

If anyone is ever building the “Classic Workbench” from the Benchcrafted plans, I would be happy to offer advice (take it for what its worth).

The bench is made out of soft maple, it was what I could afford. The wood was an excellent choice for a first time bench builder, but will make for a dented and scratched top, and I couldnt care less. It took me about six months of work. Lots of time between working on it, solving small shop solutions, and fixing my mistakes.

What I learned the most- A large project outside your comfort zone is about momentum. When I had momentum, things got done, mistakes did not slow me down, and I was having fun. When I lost momentum, things crawled forward, mistakes were magnified and slow to fix. We got a shop dog half way through the build, get one of those… just watch your power cords.

The Benchcrafted hardware is first class.

The first project after this build was a cabinet for the bathroom. I used the left over maple pieces I had from the bench. I did that project in half the time with my new bench.

If you are interested in seeing some videos, I used the #classicbenchbuild on instagram. There are a few short 1-minute videos about the build. Not meant to be a build video, just showing some of the processes and having fun.

-- -David -- Lubbock, TX





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Vindex

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 03:42 PM

That is an absolutely gorgeous bench. Great job!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 03:44 PM

Nothing like a good sturdy workbench. Looks like quality workmanship to me! Should last many lifetimes! I see you and your pup are taking a well needed break! Congrats on a fine build!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 07-31-2017 06:06 PM

David, that’s a good looking bench. I love that benchcrafted classic leg vise. I built my split top Roubo work bench last year, so, welcome to the club.

-- Luis

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#4 posted 08-01-2017 12:55 PM

Nice job on the bench. You are going to love it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 08-02-2017 01:39 PM

Awesome, I am going to build one of these some day. Very inspiring.

-- John in Florida

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#6 posted 08-02-2017 07:34 PM

Wow!
Terrific work.

-- Tim

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