Professional Wood Carving Bench

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Project by bjudt posted 12-17-2017 09:23 PM 3293 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my newest project – my custom-made tigerwood carving bench.
As a relief wood carver, I require a stand-up bench that is solid and heavy, with two vises that allow me flexibility when carving large relief panels.

I came across some Tigerwood (not the golfer :-) at a local building supply auction, and just HAD TO BUY IT. Tigerwood is sold in our area as high-end decking material

Of course, having the wood led to the next choice, that of replacing my old carving bench with a brand new one.

The bench is 38.5” tall, 74” long and 24” wide. The two vises (one is 10” and the other 9”) are quick-release vise, purchased at Lee Valley.

The side rails are bolted to the end posts, no glue used. The finish of the bench is clear satin Arm-R-Seal.

The bench weighs close to 300 lbs, and is as solid as a rock. Bench dog holes are the standard 3/4” diameter.

The last picture shows the router jig I made to assist in the accurate drilling of the bench-dog holes.

If you wish to see the type of carving I do on this bench go to:

Let me know what you think, OK?

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 09:46 PM

Really stunning wood and a super nice bench. Your definitely going to enjoy using it.

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#2 posted 12-17-2017 09:46 PM

Very nice! I have problems with my feet, so would want one to sit at. And a place to put it, for that matter.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 12-17-2017 10:09 PM

That thing is a beauty! very nice!

-- Frank, Washington State,

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#4 posted 12-17-2017 11:50 PM

Outstanding project, you do excellent work!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 01:16 AM

your bench is a work of art,its gonna hurt with the first big gouge or ding!.i checked out your carving and I can see why your bench is so beautiful.your carving is just spectacular,your an absolute master at what you do.let me give you a lumber jock welcome,ill be looking out for you.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 01:30 AM

Thanks for the kind words, Cal.
The workbench already has a few nicks in it, but nothing serious. In a year’s time, if it needs it, the bench top will be sanded and re-finished :-)

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 02:15 AM

The Tigerwood joke was funny, that looks like a great bench

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 04:28 AM

Beautiful from every angle!
Nice work, wonderful project.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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DeLayne Peck

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#9 posted 12-18-2017 05:35 AM

Just a stunning bench and your carvings are beyond fantastic!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 12-18-2017 03:01 PM

Great looking bench…. Enjoy!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 12-18-2017 06:03 PM

This is the nicest wood carving bench that I have seen. It displays a lot of wonderful details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#12 posted 12-18-2017 09:54 PM

Great craftsmanship and it’s a beauty.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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Tim Royal

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#13 posted 12-18-2017 11:49 PM

Fantastic bench, I also love your location in the shop. Great light!

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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