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Project by Dan Katz posted 1152 days ago 3853 views 23 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys & Gals,

Been busy this year. Beginning last summer a friend gave me 20 good sized pine logs.
My buddy Alex rented me his Wood-Miser saw mill and we proceeded to mill out enough
lumber to build on to my shop last winter. I saved the largest log to mill out 2 large slabs
with a bench in mind. While they were drying I came up with this design. I wanted a
work table large enough to assemble a full sized door, low enough for hand planing work
and versatile for carving projects. The tilting table can be locked in any position from 0 to 90
so I can carve standing up or sitting down for detail work.

The bench tops and base are yellow pine and the vises are red oak.
The tops are 3 1/8 thick and are 102” long.
The jointers bench with the tail vise is 19 1/2 wide and the carvers bench is 17 1/2 wide.
I used gate hinges for the tilting top. The stretchers for the base are draw bolted.
The tail vise hardware was purched at Woodcraft. I used the smaller version
which is plenty long enough. The cut out space for that is about 17 1/2 long.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga





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WayneC

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#1 posted 1152 days ago

Wow, this is a wonderful bench. Do you only carve in the vice or are there fixtures to use the face of the bench?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dan Katz

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#2 posted 1152 days ago

Hi Wayne,

Thanks, and yes I intend on using the whole top surface to carve mantles and large panels etc.
I need to buy a new long bit to drill a series of holes in the top. Since the top is pine, I’m thinking of
sinking some 1 1/2×3/4 red oak rings in the top and then drill through them 3/4” holes for some dogs
and my hold fasts.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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Jorge Velez

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#3 posted 1152 days ago

very nice bench, rock solid. well done and enjoy.

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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jeffl

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#4 posted 1152 days ago

Nice looking bench, sure you will enjoy it.

-- Jeff,

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John Ormsby

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#5 posted 1152 days ago

Great bench!!! I really like the tilt system.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 1152 days ago

Insane!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1152 days ago

very nice build bench and with a piece of plywood you have a drafting table too :-)

thank´s for sharing

Dennis

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 1151 days ago

Wow- I love it when people come up with new ideas for big things in the shop! And I gotta tell you, that big pine slab with the rings on the end is BEAUTIFUL! I really think the beauty of pine is under-appreciated!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 1151 days ago

thats a homerun of a bench you got there dan ..

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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amagineer

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#10 posted 1151 days ago

very nice engineering work with the design

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 1151 days ago

I agree pine is very underrated, beautiful.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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thiel

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#12 posted 1151 days ago

Really cool idea.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 1151 days ago

That is a massive bench and with the features that you’ve added it will be very efficient. Good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1151 days ago

That’s incredible! I love the tilt.

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

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 1151 days ago

How did you surface that the top? Planing would be tricky since its got a few knotts. Also do you think checking on the ends will be an issue over time?

I wonder if someone could pull this off without a wood mizer? By just splitting a log with wedges, flattening it with a power planer, and hand planes? I guess its possible on a smaller scale, I’ve seen Roy Underhill do it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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