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Project by kbiniowa posted 1151 days ago 5669 views 34 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was completed using Lon Schleining’s plan from Fine Woodworking Magazine.

The bench is constructed from hard maple. I finished the top with danish oil, the base is finished with an oil based wipe on polyurethane. The bench top is 2 1/2” thick with a 6” apron.

This project took some time. (My wife will attest to that) but it appears that the bench will last for many more years than I will. There were a few mistakes made along the way, most of them corrected, but a few remain just to remind me that no one is perfect.

If one elects to tackle this project, I would tell you that the construction of the base is far more challenging and time consuming the the bench top.

-- Keith - Iowa





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sawblade1

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#1 posted 1151 days ago

Great Job :)
Looks like a bench that will serve you for many years to come :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1151 days ago

What’s there really to say. It’s absolutely wonderful. Massive. Big flat aprons. Veritas twin. It goes nicely with that hint of “PM yellow” in the background:) Simply wonderful. Very jealous.

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

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 1151 days ago

Man what a beast! This is a real beauty! I wish I had the room for one of these. Everytme one of these are posted is sit there and drool! Well done.

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

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Manitario

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#4 posted 1151 days ago

very nice! Looks rock solid. One of these days I’ll get around to making one myself.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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NBeener

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#5 posted 1151 days ago

“Essential” makes it sound—to me—like it’s just your basic bench—the least you can do, and still have a useful bench.

But this—to me—is anything BUT that.

You’ve built the sort of beautiful bench that you can use—without compromise or sacrifice—for the rest of your life !

I suggest a new title ;-)

Beautiful job. Thanks for posting !

-- -- Neil

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Kenns

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#6 posted 1151 days ago

Simply beautiful. I think I could even clamp up my truck on the top of that bench.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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TheKingInYellow

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#7 posted 1151 days ago

Looks great. Funny though, I have always heard the top is the hard part…

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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Allanwoodworks

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#8 posted 1151 days ago

Great looking bench, I just finished my as well and can attest to everything your talking about.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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amat55

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#9 posted 1151 days ago

Thank for the post I am on the fence on how to build one of my own,my problem is that it need to fit a one car garage. It’s a beautiful bench great job.

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 1151 days ago

That is an excellent bench and I’m sure it was done with a lot of care that will be repaid many times over as you use the bench in the coming years. Congratulations.

-- 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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Joshuah

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#11 posted 1151 days ago

That is a beautiful bench! My bench is very functional, though no this nice, but one day I hope to build one like this. Very nice.

-- -Joshuah

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Hoosierdaddy

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#12 posted 1151 days ago

Great looking bench there buddy!

I’m in possession, for a limited time, of two ‘how to’ books by Christopher Schwarz on designing and building a work bench. I’ve got them for a limited time b/c i got them thru the local library system. I can say that the 2011 book will be one that I purchase though. Chocked with great information from a guy who is pretty opinionated but passionate about not letting others make the same mistakes he made. I highly recommend this book if you, like me, have a bench in your very near future to be built.

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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Roger

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#13 posted 1151 days ago

great bench. the vises are a nice addition also. I like the looks of your granite? outfeed on your TS in the back

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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bigike

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#14 posted 1151 days ago

now this is a great looking bench but I think it would look better and function better with a pair of these!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29967

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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kbiniowa

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#15 posted 1151 days ago

@TheKingInYellow -

The reason I feel that the base is more difficult to make is that you may clear the mortises out with a forstner bit, router, or hollow point mortising bit, but the majority of the 16 mortises that you make in 3” – 3 1/2” maple are with a hand chisel. I made a jig to mill the sled feet, but it was tricky as the router template bit is 2” tall with a 1” diameter. That is my take anyway.

Thank you for the kind words!

-- Keith - Iowa

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