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Project by TheTurtleCarpenter posted 10-12-2017 12:19 AM 2388 views 18 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I joined LJ’s 2 years ago I couldn’t tell you the difference between a split top or a split bottom workbench.

I finished this workbench over a month ago but wanted to get familiar with it before I posted it here. Today I put the second coat of BLO on it and decided to take some pictures and thoughts. Overall I am quite happy with my choices as there were no plans but just dimensions that fit my needs as I built it as I thought thru the steps.

The red oak was purchased from an old farmer that was stickered up in a field about a year ago or more. The wood had bugs and spalting but the way it was cut was good straight and some quartersawn grain. The price was $80. The legs are full 5 1/2” square finished cut clear of the pith. The top slabs finished out @ 3 5/8 and I glued on 5 1/2” face boards to be able to slip a clamp around for the need if it arised.

I used Benchcrafted hardware for the leg vise and laminated a 2 3/4” chop, for the end vise I used my old quick release Wilton vice and mounted 2” chops to the faces. The deadman was made from an old white oak plow yoke and the peg pattern just appeared out of the blue or a dream of sorts, ha, just an offbeat idea but work great.

My original idea was for a removable center divider for a planing stop and tool holder but I decided on making two 15” sliding dividers, 1 1/2" tall and the other 1/4” and they can be slid sideways or taken aside fo using clamps between slabs. I had holdfast before but have some on order and look forward to using them if they ever turn up !!? Thanks for taking a look. All the Best Jeff

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky





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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#1 posted 10-12-2017 12:26 AM

The old bench was cut back to 18” and works fine to lay tools on and keeps the new bench free of clutter.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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socrbent

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#2 posted 10-12-2017 12:34 AM

Beautiful work of art besides being one huge hunk of a bench.

-- socrbent Ohio

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theoldfart

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#3 posted 10-12-2017 12:37 AM

Aw, come on Turtle. That’s way to pretty to be a workbench! :-)

Masterful build and with an artists eye for design. The deadman is way cool.

Oh, Bondo please. You know you gotta, it’s the rules!

Edit: throw a pic or two on the workbench smack down thread.

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

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#4 posted 10-12-2017 12:41 AM

TOF, If I wasn’t so shy of my cauliflower ears I would.!

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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BrentParkin

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#5 posted 10-12-2017 01:06 AM

That looks fantastic! May you enjoy all the hours you will spend in front of it. I know my knew split top is all I hoped for and more.

Well done,

Brent

-- Regards,

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#6 posted 10-12-2017 01:11 AM

A nice looking bench. Awesome Deadman pattern. I like your idea of the sliding dividers too.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#7 posted 10-12-2017 01:29 AM

Thanks, Brent and Swirt

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 10-12-2017 01:34 AM

That is one nice workbench!!! Excellent work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 10-12-2017 02:17 AM

Outstanding work Turtle, congrats on making workbench!

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#10 posted 10-12-2017 02:20 AM



Aw, come on Turtle. That s way to pretty to be a workbench! :-)

Masterful build and with an artists eye for design. The deadman is way cool.

Oh, Bondo please. You know you gotta, it s the rules!

Edit: throw a pic or two on the workbench smack down thread.

- theoldfart


My agreement is a 100%+.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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CL810

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#11 posted 10-12-2017 02:39 AM

‘Tis a beautiful bench, a great tool.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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daiku_padawan

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#12 posted 10-12-2017 02:44 AM

Really nice workbench. I’m currently working on sourcing materials to build one of my own.

-- ~Daniel

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knockknock

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#13 posted 10-12-2017 02:49 AM

Ooooh, fancy garter :)

Nice looking bench.

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#14 posted 10-12-2017 03:08 AM

It’ll be an awesome bench. Once there is a bondo…

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 10-12-2017 03:42 AM

Nice work turtle! I hope you get a lot of satisfaction with it’s use.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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