21st century workbench

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Project by Allanwoodworks posted 06-06-2011 04:16 AM 6000 views 18 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I have been looking forward to posting my first project up here and here it is. I made this out of Douglas fur that I milled myself with a woodmiser mill my neighbor has. I could not afford to build this out of ash so I made do with what I had available. I splurged on the vises with my tax return money so that I could finish the project off. This was my first major project that I have tackled, and let me tell you that this was a joy to build. I used the experience to use both hand tools and power tools, I did half of the bench with hand tools and the other with power tools. I still need to finish the boxes for the center, but I am waiting for a load of maple to dry in my solar kiln I built. If any of you have any questions about building one of these I will answer it to the best of my abilities. Thanks for looking.

Update: 9.26.11
I finished the center boxes for my bench; I recently dried a ton of figured maple in my solar kiln and decided to use this to make the boxes out of. I decided to put a walnut inlay just to accent the boxes. Let me know what you think.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 04:19 AM

Is there something that goes in the middle or does it stay open? if so what is that purpose?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 04:23 AM

Yes there are boxes that go in the middle that you can keep your tools in, flip them over and have a solid surface or remove them for clamping or sawing if needed.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 04:35 AM

Nicely done – and especially nice for a first project – wow! It looks like you bought the extra wide twin screw vice….sweet. I just bought the regular (narrow?) model myself for my on going bench build…...

This should serve you well….......thanks for posting.


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 04:58 AM

Looks great! I built one too. Only I couldn’t afford the nice Veritas vice’s you got. I built an end vice using veneer screws and a block of wood against the workbench. Works ok, but the vice screws rack so easily.

Anyway, good luck with yours.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 05:12 AM

Nice looking workbench!

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 05:14 AM

Super job, I’m green with envy!

Should be lots of great projects come off of that bench.

-- Smitty

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 05:28 AM

Very nicely done.

-- Scott in Texas

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 07:10 AM

Sweet workbench. I just got the lumber(wood gloat coming soon) to build my bench. Must let it cure for awhile.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 07:22 AM

When I get to that point, this is the bench I want to build. I love this design. Nice job.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 10:23 AM

I seen a promo video a while back for some company that sales work benches pre-fabed that you can just order and slap together. Then I went to their website and looked at their prices. A bench almost identical to this one, but with much less “beef”, went for thousands of dollars. So, yea, going with what you had was absolutely the way to go. That looks like one nice bench. It makes me feel like a newbie using my old garbage found table with a solid core door screwed down to the top of it.
I’m sorry. I tried and couldn’t find the website again for the company I referenced.


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#11 posted 06-06-2011 12:14 PM

Great bench! What made you decide to go with the split top design? I like it, I’m just curious what criteria you used to help you determine design. I’m in the midst of choosing a plan for a new bench and the split top has sparked some interest. Beautiful item either way.

-- Tim Taylor - GLT Woodworks

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#12 posted 06-06-2011 02:47 PM

Great build and congrats to you! She is a beast! Well done.

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

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#13 posted 06-06-2011 03:50 PM

Nice job! I built my 21st century about 18 months ago and I hope you find the bench to be as useful as I have. I’m still waiting to install the twin-screw vice though; Other things have taken priority.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#14 posted 06-06-2011 03:57 PM

This is exactly how I’m doin my bench the main thing I can see to is that it’s for a lefthanded person right?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 06-06-2011 04:42 PM

Great job on the bench.

Have you used it enough to know how you like the split top. I have been curios about
that since I first saw one.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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