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Maple Bench framed with Lyptus

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Project by RonPeters posted 07-12-2010 05:25 AM 4486 views 18 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this plan out of the Woodsmith magazine.

I got the maple a couple years back from a guy who had a PILE of it. He used to make doors. It was $2 bd/ft. 1 inch thick and about 11 or 12 inches wide. I should have bought all he had – hindsight!! He also had some walnut, but I didn’t need any of that at $10 bd/ft. Oh, well….

edit for size: 68-1/2” long x 27-1/4” wide. 3-1/2” deep. I modified the original plans by about 1” wider/longer.

Anyway, it’s taken me about two years to put this together due to the cold and some health issues. I got the idea for Lyptus from the local Woodcraft. It was cheap and hard – almost too hard…kind of splintery? Nice red color too.

The first pic is the whole bench, then closeup of the screw and box joint, some finger planes on deck, and then the tool tray in use. another closeup but with the one end oiled for comparison, I also picked up some wormy maple from Woodcraft as you may be able to see some holes just past the tools? It was inexpensive as well.

I need to work on box joints as these weren’t as snug as the mortise and tenons in the base. The dowel pins really helped lock it together. I used Tightbond III to glue it all together. I also made the vise handle from a 1-1/8” dowel. I cut the ends from square corner molding rosettes. Auto parts store had the 1” rubber “O” rings.

I planed the top using a 9 1/4, a block plane and my Baily #7. I also sanded it with a belt sander and then a jitterbug to about 100 grit.

I just finished oiling it today with two coats Watco natural wood floor finish. I read online that it isn’t made anymore, pity. I’ve had this gallon for probably 15 years? Still good stuff!

I’m going to hang all my clamps on 5/8” dowel pairs angled off the screw vise legs, got to put them somewhere!

I also plan to make an insert underneath with 5 drawers and a storage area. I copied that pic from the plan online. Hope that’s ok, else I can shoot the cover?

Oh, and I’m also going to install a front vise per the plan. It’s on order. I had originally planned on putting in a Groz quick release vise (on the floor), but the design called for a front vise. I bought the Groz before I really knew what the heck I was getting myself into…anyone want to buy a really nice vise? ;-) It’s heavy.

Thanks for viewing.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I





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blackcherry

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#1 posted 07-12-2010 05:32 AM

Congrats on your new shop mate. It turn out just fabulous, love the trays very handy for catching all the tools while projects are in progress . Mark my words it will be the best addition to your shop, enjoy and thanks for posting…BC

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swirt

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 05:44 AM

Very nice … attractive and functional.

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

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cranesgonewild

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 05:52 AM

Nice table. Good choice of wood. I wish I had the room for one of these.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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twokidsnosleep

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#4 posted 07-12-2010 06:07 AM

Wow, it is really nice.
Well done, you did fine job!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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dorran

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 06:22 AM

Looks solid and well built. Nice crisp,tight joints. Almost too beautiful to use.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 02:20 PM

Great looking bench!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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BTKS

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 06:52 PM

I really like the tool tray and the slots down the side. Those two features would save me countless hours looking for something I JUST had in my hand. I like the long finger joints too. This should stand up to anything a person can throw at it.
BTKS

OBTW, Welcome to LJ’s.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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dedalo

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 07:12 PM

Very nice! I need to work a lot on mine.. is an old one very, very mistreated my father bought it to my grandfather on a junk depot. When both died I took it, not knowing I would use it in the future…

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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sarge

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 08:39 PM

RON, I’M MAKING THE SAME BENCH. I’M USING MINE AS AN OUTFEED TABLE.
I LOVE THE FRAME YOU USED OUT OF LYPTIS.
GOOD JOB.

GOB BLESS THE USA

-- GOD CREATED THE EARTH WITH TREES, GOD CREATED MAN WITH BRAINS TO MAKE A SAW. THE REST IS UP TO US. LETS MAKE SOME SAW DUST.

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knackonwood

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#10 posted 07-13-2010 01:27 AM

Nice job, well done! You should be proud!!

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sptfish

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#11 posted 07-13-2010 04:49 AM

That is as cool as it gets! Great bench.

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida, http://www.ckherzer1@comcast.net

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ramon

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#12 posted 07-14-2010 07:28 PM

El banco de un artesano,viendo el violin creo que tu trabajo se merece un banco asi,enhorabuena y gracias por molestarte en las traducciones.

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wizzardofwood

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#13 posted 07-24-2010 06:22 PM

looks like ill need one of those soon….........great job

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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learnin2do

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#14 posted 09-14-2010 06:41 AM

-yes, now that looks like a marvel of square, true, and artistic. I really admire your talent! ...and ability to follow a plan!
-it is too pretty to work on

-- christine

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johnzo

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#15 posted 10-03-2010 03:46 AM

Sweet bench! Nicest I’ve ever seen! Now I’ve got ‘bench envy’.
Beautiful craftsmanship!
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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