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New Woodshop Workbench with Mobility Package

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Project by WoodshopJoe posted 06-27-2011 04:08 AM 6094 views 50 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally decided to upgrade from the two saw horses and 3/4” shelving that I have been using as a bench now for a number of years. So I created a project that makes my wife roll her eyes at me and she is now demanding that the kitchen finally gets it’s overdue upgrade. I told her I first had to create a “test” project before I could dive into a kitchen so here it is.

I built this using many of the species of wood that I typically use in the projects I build, there are 7 types used here, fir, maple, cherry, walnut, birch, oak and hickory. I needed a bench that is heavy duty for planing but yet mobile so I devised a lift system that uses cable to pull on a cantilevered wheel assembly. I can lift this bench easily and roll it around wherever, it’s pretty slick and simple to do. The lever in the down position is shown here, and when lifted the lever rests on the top of the stop which is dished out a bit to prevent it from sliding off.

I did my first book-matched veneer panels on the doors, now that I have bandsaw large enough to resaw lumber. I shaped the drawer and door pulls to be large and stout using the grinder and flapper wheel.

The top isn’t my first choice as I wanted one that was solid maple, but this was fast and it is flat and very durable. i plan on adding some hold-downs and vise to the front in the next couple of weeks. This one is made of a layer of 3/4 birch plywood, 3/4 MDF and 1/4 hardboard with a 1 1/2 maple edge.

Anyway, I am off to start working on the kitchen now…..thanks for looking.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop





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BentheViking

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 04:14 AM

Wow thats all I can say is Wow

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

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newfie2

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 04:22 AM

that looks great and very usable

-- Todd

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JL7

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 04:23 AM

That is one fantastic looking bench Joe – love the mobility package, nicely engineered. Good move also on the “kitchen pratice” to build the bench!

Thanks for posting!

Jeff

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

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Manitario

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 04:41 AM

that is a beautiful bench; if your kitchen is only 1/2 as nice as this, it will look fantastic!

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

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Kindlingmaker

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 04:46 AM

Now that is one fine looking workbench! I hope you have it in your livingroom, it looks that good!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Dogboy

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#6 posted 06-27-2011 06:33 AM

uhm…wow nuff’said

-- No mistakes, just kindling

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shipwright

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#7 posted 06-27-2011 06:53 AM

I love the way you think.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Chefshep

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#8 posted 06-27-2011 07:06 AM

Cool!!! In the favs… I’ll be using the cantilevered wheels on many of my tool stations…

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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scarpenter002

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#9 posted 06-27-2011 10:31 AM

Wow, nice looking bench. Like the contrast of woods. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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blackcherry

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#10 posted 06-27-2011 03:17 PM

This is one creative workbench Joe and so colorful as well. I really like the mobility of the bench and as well as the shelve underneath the main work surface. This is going to be a major plus for all the small handtool used during projects. Your going to miss those saw horses my friend…lol great work enjoy your new bench…Blkcherry

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Bertha

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#11 posted 06-27-2011 03:23 PM

I don’t even know what to say. It’s possibly the most spectacular bench I’ve ever seen.

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

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 06-27-2011 03:31 PM

Joe, that is really a nice workbench that also has ample storage room. However, you have also made it look very nice. 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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unklegwar

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#13 posted 06-27-2011 04:53 PM

So sad how many of these posts include phrases like “a project that makes my wife roll her eyes” or “have to get permission from my wife”. Such a lack of appreciation of the other spouse’s interests and enjoyment.

This workbench is gorgeous. I don’t think I’d be able to work on it once it was done. If I nicked it or dripped anything on it, i’d wanna cry. Stunning creation.

-- Eric ---- Wise Words T.B.D.

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#14 posted 06-27-2011 05:22 PM

Such a fine looking cabinet with all of the extras …
Sad to see the screws thru the edge banding shouting HERE WE ARE !! (JMHO)
Perhaps you could install some thin veneer strips over the edges to hide the screws for a more finished look. Just a thought : )
Keep up the nice work !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 06-27-2011 05:36 PM

Another “WOW!” Love the drawer pulls and mix of woods.
thanks for posting.

-- Smitty

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