My First Bench

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Project by Lynnard posted 12-20-2007 06:20 AM 1899 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first bench and it was a lot more work then I thought. It was also a good learning process, what to do and not to do! The top is Douglas Fur and the base is oak. It was supposed to be a cheap first bench, but I was tired of fighting with the Douglas Fur, so I decide to finish it with oak. I planed the top and then it cupped on me, but was a good experience. This was a fun project for a beginner!

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#1 posted 12-20-2007 06:30 AM

Good looking bench. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-20-2007 06:32 AM

Very nice! I’m impressed! Thank you for sharing this!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 12-20-2007 08:11 AM

that is a very nice bench. I have make one soon also. Note to self don’t use Fir.. lol

-- Kaleo ,

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#4 posted 12-20-2007 08:47 AM

Great work on this! You think you’ll add a tail vise at some point or are you just using dogs as stops? What’s your work-holding strategy?

Did you flatten the top with that jointer there? Is that the LN #7?

And – welcome to LJ!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Jiri Parkman

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#5 posted 12-20-2007 01:20 PM

Nice bench a perfect details.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 12-20-2007 02:11 PM

Nice job, Now get to work!

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#7 posted 12-20-2007 02:57 PM

Very nice, I’m jealous.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-20-2007 03:35 PM

Looks great….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 12-20-2007 03:37 PM

The bench shows your ability to work wood and produce great results. Something to be proud of. Looking forward to see what comes off the bench next.

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#10 posted 12-20-2007 04:01 PM

Really nice bench. I keep putting off making one because I can’t decide exactly what I want, and how elaborate I want to make it. Yours is quite elegant in its simple but perfectly-executed design.

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

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#11 posted 12-20-2007 04:56 PM

Wow the Douglas Fir cupped on you. Was the wood still “green/wet” when you started? What do you think caused it? I might have found a source for some Douglas Fir and I was thinking I would make my bench out it.

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#12 posted 12-20-2007 05:20 PM

Nice job. One of these days I’ll actually have a workspace big enough for a good bench.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#13 posted 12-20-2007 06:16 PM

I made my bench just about 10 months ago from douglass fir as well (I wanted Southern Yellow Pine as recommended by Chris Schwarz but it just isn’t available here locally). Have been real happy with the result, I built with a MC of just under 9%.

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#14 posted 12-20-2007 06:50 PM

Great looking bench! I like the clean, no nonsense lines. On another note, your shop looks really nice, would love to see some more photos of the shop and some details on what decisions you made while setting it up and what you learned in that process.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#15 posted 12-20-2007 07:30 PM

Beautifully Done!

-- Happy woodworking!

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