21st Century Workbench

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Project by snichols posted 08-13-2010 08:14 PM 6744 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my take on Bob Lang’s 21st Century Workbench. I learned a bunch from this project. It was the first mortise and tenon, hand cut dovetail, and large top glue up. It’s still the biggest project I’ve taken on and it’s the one giving me the greatest sense of pride. The entire bench is made of ash, which makes it weigh a ton. I didn’t splurge and get the twin screw vise because I had a Jorgensen sitting around that I picked up for $40 from Rockler – HUGE steal!!! I use a Veritas Wonder Dog in place of an end vise. I figured I’d get used to things and then add another vise if I find a sweet deal or decide I really need it.

All in all, it’s a great bench with many great features. I hope this is the last bench I’ll ever need.



-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 08:22 PM

Hey, Shawn, that’s a beautiful bench. I know that you must be very proud of that and you should be because you did great work on it.

-- 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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#2 posted 08-13-2010 08:22 PM

it is indeed a great working bench!

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 08:53 PM

That’s a nice bench but you should have stopped planing that board while there was something left besides a pile of shavings. Easy to do I suppose if you are busy admiring your new bench.

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 09:04 PM

Nice bench, Shawn. Don’t worry about the sudden green glow, it’s just me!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 09:31 PM

That is a great workbench!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 11:41 PM

Definitely a winner

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 01:04 AM

Well done! It should provide years of service for you.

I use the Benchdogs as well, they work jus’ fine!


-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 08-14-2010 04:32 AM

This is a masterpiece of a workbench, you should be proud and have no buttons on your shirt! ;-) I like, no, I love this bench.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 08-14-2010 12:17 PM

What a beast! Great to have one of these! Very well done you should be proud!

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

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Lars Öhlin

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#10 posted 08-14-2010 12:53 PM

love it!

-- Lars Öhlin [Sweden - Helsingborg - Domsten]

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#11 posted 08-19-2010 05:32 PM

Very nice

-- Bert

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#12 posted 08-19-2010 05:36 PM

great work, that bench will last you a lifetime.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 08-19-2010 06:28 PM

Hey there, I am thinking about building a 21st century workbench and I was wondering if you could tell me the approximate board Sq. feet of ash you had to buy, and how much was the cost of the lumber. Thanks.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#14 posted 08-21-2010 06:29 AM

Do you have a set of plans that you can share with the group. It is a beauty! Nice work. I always can tell walking into another mans shop how handy he is just by his shop tool. You should be proud. Its a nice piece.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#15 posted 08-21-2010 06:34 AM

Good job super bench.

-- wood crafting & classes

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