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Project by dshute posted 1271 days ago 2763 views 13 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been something I have been planning for a while. My old bench had served it’s usefull life and was far from what I needed to not only build on and had no concealed storage. I designed this with lots of drawers and a door with pullouts for larger things. Base is walnut with hickory as the secondary wood for internal framework. Drawer boxes are tulip poplar resawn and surfaced to 1/2” and the top was made from 8/4 hard maple. The walnut was purchased because a guy really wanted the cash and basically took 30 cents on the dollar, got lucky there. The maple was not cheap, $500 for the material in the top alone. All in all I have about $1500 invested including hardware. Slides are Accuride 3832 full extension.

The top was a real experience to make, I glued it in quarters, jointed and surfaced. Then I glued quarters into halves and surfaced again. The last glue up was putting the two halves together so I had only one joint to work by hand because it was too wide for my planer. It came out extremely close so you could say I lucked out big time and used my orbital sander to prep it for oil. Finish on base and top is Waterlox Original sealer finsh.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#1 posted 1271 days ago

Are you going to put any vises on it?

-- Apple Creek, Ohio

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#2 posted 1271 days ago

Very well done! I’d be afraid to knick it with a chisel or something! Impressive!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 1271 days ago

I did put a 100 year old Oliver Machinery vice on it that my uncle gave me but have not put any bench dog holes in it, not sure about the bench dogs yet. I don’t worry about knicks and dents, it is a workbench so it’s inevitable. Besides the top is a full 3” thick so it can be resurfaced without fear of loosing strength.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#4 posted 1271 days ago

That is one sweet bench brother

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#5 posted 1271 days ago

very nice bench, great looking walnut

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#6 posted 1271 days ago

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 1271 days ago

Impressive looking work bench. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 1271 days ago

Why is it that everybody’s workbenches look like something I’d put in a kitchen? I say, put stools around it and let’s have dinner and beers!

Seriously, really, really nice. I only wish that I could make a workbench with those woods.

-- jay,

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#9 posted 1271 days ago

I agree with Jay: looks better than about 95% of the kitchen islands I’ve seen.

Truly a beautiful bench. Thanks for sharing :-)

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 1271 days ago

An impressive masterpiece I must say. It will serve well and is an achievement in craftsmanship.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 1271 days ago

Thats a beautiful bench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 1271 days ago

Very impressive bench! Nicer than any furniture we own. Ten times the cost of my bench, and about ten times the bench! Thanks for letting us drool.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 1271 days ago

NICE! Really nice bench.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#14 posted 1271 days ago

Nice strong, functional design and sweet finish…well done.

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#15 posted 1271 days ago

Now that is a beautiful workbench!

bout time I see someone clamping things right…

-- Childress Woodworks

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