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Project by MatthewTruax posted 02-05-2018 04:14 PM 1850 views 18 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all!

I have now been using this bench for about 6 months and I love it (Credit: Wood Whisperer Guild for instruction and design although I did part from it in some places). It took me two months of weekends (and some weeknights) to finish it. I then went to work designing the tool chest sits below (which took me another two months of weekends). The bench is made up of a combination of red and white oak and walnut (all air dried). The chest is hand cut dovetailed carcass with plywood drawers and white oak sequentially aligned drawer faces. I also ordered Kaizen Foam to organize the tools as they went in. I know some folks like to have their tools hanging in a cabinet on the wall, but since I move so much, I thought this would be more prudent to reduce set up time when I move into a new shop.

I also wanted a way to have task lighting on the bench so I found a floor lamp at the blue big box store (for around $100.00). I was able to remove the base and make a custom base that attached anywhere on my bench. I tapped the walnut base and threaded a star knob through it and it just digs into the underside of the bench (barely makes a dent). Now I can direct the light any which way and have it just where I need it.

Please leave comments or questions.

v/r,

Matt

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 02-05-2018 04:27 PM

Very nice build.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 02-05-2018 05:03 PM

Well done, Matt. Nice shots of the finished build. I like the drawers for tool storage. The continuous grain is impressive.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 02-05-2018 05:07 PM

Thanks Chris!

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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#4 posted 02-05-2018 05:09 PM

Thanks Don! It took me a while to find the right piece of lumber for the drawers. I eventually ended up with an 8/4 piece of curly white oak and when I resawed it on the bandsaw that sucker cupped so much I almost threw it out. I went at it milling it on the jointer a tiny bit at a time to allow it to acclimate and mellow out and eventually barely had enough to make drawers with it.

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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#5 posted 02-05-2018 06:14 PM

Gorgeous. Great attention to details, from the wood selection to the dovetail joints and even the bowties on the left side clamp. The chest really adds to the looks as well. Well done.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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MatthewTruax

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#6 posted 02-05-2018 06:27 PM

Thanks Earl, I appreciate the kind words. I’m in the process of making a “power tool” workbench to match this “hand tool” workbench. I just posted the first blog update about it.

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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#7 posted 02-05-2018 07:40 PM

That’s a beautiful bench, I’m sure that the task lighting you added will come in very handy for seeing the lines while cutting joinery. Awesome job!

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#8 posted 02-05-2018 08:00 PM

Wow! That is a beautiful workbench and it will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#9 posted 02-05-2018 08:59 PM

Gorgeous!
Pardon me while I drool on my keyboard…...

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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MatthewTruax

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#10 posted 02-05-2018 09:54 PM

@CaptainKlutz and @helluvawreck thanks for the kind words. Trust me when I say, I dreamed about this bench for years before it became a reality. Every time I walk in the shop I smile. It really classes the place up (and it works hard too!).

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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#11 posted 02-05-2018 10:57 PM

Beautiful Bench! the drawers are an excellent addition!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#12 posted 02-05-2018 11:51 PM

WOW!

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#13 posted 02-06-2018 12:10 AM

Awesome bench. A great build with amazing detail!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#14 posted 02-06-2018 12:48 AM

exceptional. Love the chest a lot.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#15 posted 02-06-2018 03:05 AM

This looks great and I love the tool chest under the bench.

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