Woodworking Bench

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Project by KentB posted 02-09-2011 05:26 PM 2971 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of my first projects and quite a challenge for a beginner. I figured if I was going to make this a hobby I was going to stick with I had better have a good bench. This was made from a Veritas plan that I modified to make it more functional for my shop. I moved the end vise to the side and added appropriate dog holes. The shoulder vise was a challenge but worth all the effort. I use it a lot. I also added two small drawers later for my measuring tools and dogs. The small lumber yard I went to didn’t have maple or beech which I wanted to use so I settled for ash, not a lot of hardwood lumber yards in Iowa(I have found a few more since). I made this in 2006. I originally flattened the top with an electric plane but it wasn’t all that flat so I ended up taking it to a shop that had a 44” drum sander and had it trued up. I’ve seen nicer ones here on LumberJocks but this one suits me just fine.

-- Kent B

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 05:41 PM

That looks great! Can’t see how it could be much better.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 05:41 PM

Very nice. I really need to get around to making me one like this. Were the plans free? I have found a few free ones but am not sure they are what I want.

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 06:04 PM

now you are ready to turn out some work

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 06:10 PM

Very nice kent.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 06:17 PM

Excelent bench Kent.
Love it

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 06:39 PM

Very nice, it gives me hope Because I am beginning myself and working on my first bench as well. I have the same trepidation myself about the vices, as well as their expense. I think I will add these to my plan.

The ash was a Good choice, Good Job


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#7 posted 02-09-2011 06:43 PM

I’ve always wanted a bench like that… it’s the Cadillac of woodworking tools, and you did such a great job. Be proud of yourself!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 07:01 PM

An absolutely fine job of work! My first official woodworking project was a bench. My prospective boss said that if I could make a workbench just like his, in one week, then the shop would have room for two workers. It was a week with no promise of pay at the end. That Master furniture maker (Joe Drotschman) didn’t get much of his own work done that week but he familarized me with nearly every tool and machine in the shop. I learned the basics of theory, method, respect for tools and materials and to be yelled at a lot. At the end of that one week he hired me…and I had a brand new workbench to, as he kidded me, make my mistakes on. It was a wondrous time of learning in my life, I wish I could bottle that and share it with you…but your doing and learning is your unique road. Looking good and walking tall! Stephen

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 08:03 PM

Great job on this, Nice and solid. Should last for a very long time.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 02-09-2011 08:10 PM

Kent, this is a good looking bench that any of us would enjoy having in our shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 02-09-2011 08:16 PM

You couldn’t have selected a better beginner project to start off with. Not only will it be at the center of your projects/shop work. You have learn so much on just general building techniques that future projects will be a breeze. Enjoy your new shop mate for years to come your off to a great start….thanks for posting…BC

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#12 posted 02-09-2011 08:23 PM

Im in the middle of making A new shop after one look at your cool bench I know where to start,GREAT JOB.

-- dan p

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#13 posted 02-09-2011 09:31 PM

AWESOME job! Congrats. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 02-09-2011 10:58 PM

Nice bench! Ash is a fine material to work with. It seems like a good workbench is something too many woodworkers build later rather than sooner, when it really should be one of the earlier projects as having a good bench pays big dividends down the road. Do the drawers get in the way of the bench dogs?

-- Dominic P.- Duxbury MA

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#15 posted 02-09-2011 11:24 PM

I would be very proud to have that in my shop, great job.

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