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Project by Bob Downing posted 1422 days ago 3687 views 19 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a workbench with more clamping options than what I had. I am planning to use more handtools (planes, etc) so I needed something to hold stock securely. I checked out a number of different types workbenches before deciding on this one. I got the plans from I altered the plans slightly in order the make the top thicker than the 1 1/2” called out. The entire bench is made of ash. I finished building just as the temperatures in Phoenix started to reach the high 90’s so I haven’t applied finish yet. I may go with laquer or linseed oil. Heck, maybe I’ll leave it natural.

-- BobD Chandler, AZ

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#1 posted 1422 days ago

wow, nice looking bench!! are you sure you dont want that in your diningroom to eat off of??

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 1422 days ago

Beautiful bench. You will do better work when you have stable work surface. Safer too. I also commend you for displaying your planes properly, “on their sides”.

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#3 posted 1422 days ago

Very nicely done. I’m in the process of building my bench out of ash as well. I hope it ends up looking like this.

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#4 posted 1422 days ago

That’s a clean,sharp looking work horse there Bob ! Looking forward to some projects that will role off the assembly table that You have created and by the look of this first post, I am sure they will be some good ones. Welcome to L J’s and as always stay safe !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 1422 days ago

Very nice work. I really do need to make one for myself. I am using MORE hand tools and do not have proper bench yet. POWER tools and HAND tools do need 2 different types of work bench,

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 1422 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Excellent work on the bench, I really like it!

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

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#7 posted 1422 days ago

I like it, real purty!
Nicely made and gorgeous wood

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

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#8 posted 1422 days ago

I, too, want to use hand tools more and have found that a stable bench is essential. I’m glad to know that ash will work because maple is certainly out of my budget unless I make a good score somewhere.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#9 posted 1421 days ago

Too pretty to use!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bob Downing

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#10 posted 1421 days ago

Thanks guys. Really going to enjoy putting this to use. Occurs to me I didn’t get a picture of the front vise. I’ll add one.

-- BobD Chandler, AZ

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#11 posted 1421 days ago

Very nice bench!

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

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Bob Downing

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#12 posted 1421 days ago

Yeah Deke, built cabinets along entire wall. Would have liked to use higher end material but budget and wife would not allow me to. Ended up using 3/4” MDF. I have pictures of my shop posted.

-- BobD Chandler, AZ

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#13 posted 1421 days ago

Thats’ a bench to die for, or perhaps really to live with.
Beautiful job,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 1421 days ago

Very nice.

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#15 posted 1421 days ago

Great looking bench. I’m working on my new bench too.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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