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It is made from black walnut, African mahogany, Brazilian cherry, and mild 4” square tubing.
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Jan 19, 2011
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#1 posted 01-19-2011 12:16 PM
Jason, WOW very nice. I like those legs. That should be a very sturdy workbench.
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#2 posted 01-19-2011 02:59 PM
Multi-talented artist, nice bench
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#3 posted 01-19-2011 03:52 PM
Yeah, everything’s bigger in Texas. Make sure you engrave construction date on it. It’ll last forever.
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#4 posted 01-19-2011 05:03 PM
Please tell me you don’t actually do any work on that bench! It’s much too pretty.
Tell me more about how you made the top, would you?
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#5 posted 01-19-2011 05:47 PM
That is very cool! I love to see the metal legs. Bravo sir bravo
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#6 posted 01-19-2011 06:12 PM
That’s the most beautiful tank I’ve ever seen! That should be a before & after advertisement for a finishing company. Absolutely wonderful.
-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog
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#7 posted 01-19-2011 07:13 PM
I like this! Most of all the vise…
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#8 posted 01-19-2011 07:20 PM
First off many thanks Jason for the good neck work out.LOL I was wondering what colour of wood you used for the legs thought it was odd that this did not match the wood on top ,til it was pointed out to me that it was metal LOL my poor old eyes.He He. anyway I love it many thanks for showing kindest Christian brotherly regards Alistair
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#9 posted 01-19-2011 07:44 PM
thanks guys. the construction of the top is quite simple. The top is laminated walnut with strips of mahogany in between and wrapped with brazilian cherry and african mahogany. The dovetails are only 1” thick and the 4”x4” mahogany is glued and joined with the dovetails on the sides and tenon through the top. The top is 3” thick. with 4” wide apron that is 4” thick. so the looks are 4” thick, 20”x78”.
my number 1 complaint is i miss my first bench setup, this was my second workbench. My first I had a nice L-style tail vise and a front vise.
I have also read much of Christopher Schwarz ideas in bench making. Honestly. I want to change this benches setup. It may be better to start from scratch than to butcher this.
Curious as to some of the LBJACKER thoughts. I do value a leg system that is flush with the side of the bench for long jointer planing support. Also the idea of my L-style tail vise lended well to hand cutting dovetails. I hate my record 10” vise. But I don’t know any vise that doesn’t rack when clamped unevenly.
1) My plans were to build a case to go underneath the workbench with 8 drawers for my planes, chisels, marking tools, sharpening stones, ect… I thought about making a rib or a side panel 3 or 4” wide to be flush with the top for the use of vertical dog clamp when jointing long boards. Then put another front vise on the side. Anyone ever tried this?
2) Has anyone ever added a tail vise after completing a bench?
3) I wish I was able to purchase a lie nielsen chain vise and tail vise. Great quality but a bit $$ for my budget
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#10 posted 01-20-2011 01:20 AM
You are the metal working man! What an awesome bench. That thing looks solid as a rock. Great work.
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#11 posted 01-20-2011 02:51 AM
very nice, i like the way you set up the vise like David Marks from woodworks.
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#12 posted 01-22-2011 02:12 AM
I could never work on something so beautiful…
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#15 posted 03-04-2011 10:55 PM
Jason – What a beautiful bench! One method for jointing long boards would be to make a “bench slave”. There is a measured drawing of one in Scott Landis’ “The Workbench Book” in the Frank Klausz section. It is a free standing device that has an adjustable block that can be positioned to support the free end of a long board while the other end is clamped in your vice. The measured drawings are in the back of the book, while the main body of the Frank Klausz article shows the bench slave in use. Hope this helps.
-- Ballard Pops
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