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This bench is from 90% reclaimed wood and the vise hardware was bartered for with wood bought on auction. It breaks down into six pieces for easy moving.
-- Derrick Burke
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#1 posted 12-02-2010 08:19 AM
Very cool. What type of woods were all used? I like the look with the different woods. Bottoms of legs are neat too.
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#2 posted 12-02-2010 08:36 AM
Nice work! Great design. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
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#3 posted 12-02-2010 10:53 AM
Great looking work bench, wish I had room for one of these big boys!
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#4 posted 12-02-2010 11:08 AM
That would fit into any shop, looks great.
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#5 posted 12-02-2010 01:41 PM
Nice bench! How did you attach the stretchers to the legs?
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#6 posted 12-02-2010 01:55 PM
Very nice. Love the dovetail features.
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#7 posted 12-02-2010 03:03 PM
That is one good looking work bench.
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#8 posted 12-02-2010 03:08 PM
Fantastic looking bench Derrick. Does it break down easily or only when neccessary?
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#9 posted 12-02-2010 03:11 PM
Great job!! Nice design and build.
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#10 posted 12-02-2010 03:41 PM
Nice job . What finish did you use?
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#11 posted 12-02-2010 03:56 PM
That’s a great big heavy bench and looks to be very well built. It will serve you well. Great job.
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#12 posted 12-02-2010 04:41 PM
I like the design detail on the bottom of the legs.
#13 posted 12-02-2010 05:40 PM
Thanks for all these nice comments, everyone. The woods used are mahogany for the top, teak for the vise faces, limba for the tail vise detailing, and cyprus door blanks for the legs and stretchers. The cyprus material actually all has a core of clear fir.
The long stretchers are mortised and double bolted, not glued. The finish is shellac.
The mahogany is a bit soft for a bench top, but there wasn’t much option because all of these woods came out of one giant lot of random woods from the auction of an architectural woodworking company that sadly had to close its doors. Most of these materials were odds or slightly marred in some insignificant way for my purposes, yet rendered to the “odds” pile for theirs.
I was also able to barter for the vise hardware with some of the other wood from this auction, so, all told I am only out about $100 for this bench. Amazingly, I got enough wood out of that lot that I am now building a second workbench out of it and will show those photos soon also.
#14 posted 12-02-2010 05:44 PM
One more answer I overlooked: the bench takes about 30 minutes to break down and move. That procedure isn’t so hard, but I did notice that the tabletop flatness is always slightly changed by the new location. I’ve got it flat now in its permanent (hopefully) location. But, I will need to re-adjust and/or shim a bit under the feet each time it goes to a new home. Oh, well. For those of you located in the Pacific Northwest, my shop is in downtown Snohomish and I’ll be opening the doors in the coming 6-8 weeks. Been working towards this for almost 15 years.
#15 posted 12-02-2010 05:51 PM
I would think Mahogany will work fine for a top. One advantage is when it comes time to flatten or refinish the top, the Mahogany will be a lot easier to hand plane. At least thats what I think.
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