Jordan's Benchtop Workbench

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Project by Jeff Waggoner posted 01-13-2011 09:04 PM 4284 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project. I built it to enter in a student competition. I placed 4th at Regional’s and 6th at International’s with students from around the world. My Inspiration for this project come from an article from issue #176 of Fine Woodworking magazine.
My choice of subject for my bench top work bench was because I wanted something useful that I knew I would use often. My project is basically a miniature work bench. Its purpose is to bring the work your doing up higher for easier accessibility and comfort. I used hard maple for my project because it is traditionally used for workbenches. It is a good hardwood and very strong. Walnut is also a good hardwood and accented the hard maple well.

I used mortise and tenon joints to attach most of my project because they are very strong and durable. I used box joints for the breadboard end to allow for expansion and contraction as the moisture of the wood changes. I used butt joints reinforced with biscuits for alignment and strength. I sanded and scrapped it with cabinet scrappers. I used a natural oil finish because it is best suited for a work bench because it protects the wood while allowing to recoat as wood is worn.

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-- Jeff Waggoner,

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 09:08 PM

Thats a cute little bench.

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 09:19 PM

As Tommy Mac might say: ‘Nice’!

I think you actually improved the design over the FWW article by using a standard vise instead of the veneer press hardware.

I really need to build one of these.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 09:54 PM

What a clever project. That would be a fantastic way to work through the joinery for a monster bench. I might just do that!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 09:58 PM

Lovely little fellow, what a fine work you have done.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 10:59 PM

un Grande little bench :—)

well done , thank´s for sharing it

take care

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#6 posted 01-13-2011 11:50 PM

Congratulations on place near the top on the competitions Jeff. It looks really well made and it is a great addition to any shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 01:10 AM

Every time I see one of these I convince myself more and more that I need to make one. Nicely done and congrats on the success that you have had with this one.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 02:49 AM

First woodworking project!? That is pretty darn good for a first project. My projects don’t even look that good and I have a decent amount under my belt…. Good job.

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 08:45 AM

Awesome!! Looks fantastic from here.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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