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Project by Bob Downing posted 09-02-2010 03:02 AM 4002 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 09-02-2010 03:12 AM

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 09-02-2010 03:25 AM

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 09-02-2010 03:47 AM

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 09-02-2010 04:10 AM

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 wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 04:36 AM

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 09-02-2010 04:53 AM

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 09-02-2010 04:55 AM

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 09-02-2010 04:56 AM

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 09-02-2010 05:01 AM

Too pretty to use!

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

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Bob Downing

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#10 posted 09-02-2010 05:15 AM

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 09-02-2010 05:42 AM

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 09-02-2010 07:14 AM

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 09-02-2010 09:10 AM

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 09-02-2010 09:10 AM

Very nice.

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#15 posted 09-02-2010 09:36 AM

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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