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Project by WoodyBob posted 05-06-2011 07:40 AM 2032 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This solid maple workbench is based on plans from “Woodsmith” Vol.29/No. 173
I did modify the plans as my shop would not accommodate a 6 foot long bench. I shortened it by 12 inches.
I did not build the shelf from the plans. I did not want open storage. I will be adding drawers and shelves to finish the project.
I did finish the base with 3 coats of satin poly urethane varnish. The top is finished with their suggested beeswax, turpentine and boiled linseed oil.

I did not have a band-saw at the time of construction so I had to work around a couple of their suggestions for completing certain cuts.

I am very happy with the functionality of the bench and am anxious to build the cabinet in lieu of a shelf.

-- Bob, Hudsonville, MI

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 07:51 AM

Great job! A good bench is a treasure and this one looks like a workhorse!

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 01:13 PM

Hey Bob, Looking good. Whenever I see a solid well-built bench I “almost” get up the energy to build one myself.


-- Have you hugged your tools today?

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Eric in Florida.

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 03:45 PM

Nice job & welcome!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 06:13 PM

Very good looking bench (and organized workshop)..

Thanks for sharing..

BTW: Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Lots of great ideas, info, inspiration, and support here (as many will tell ya – the site is quite addictive).. Enjoy…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 10:00 PM

Bob, Nice bench. I see you live in Hudsonville.. I also live in Hudsonville, MI.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 09:57 PM

looks like a nice funcanal bench you will get a lot of use from it / looks like a grizzley vise i have one works well

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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