A Bench I Made

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Project by Belle City Woodworking posted 02-07-2008 04:02 AM 6306 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench made out of Douglas Fir with a Veritas Twin Screw Face Vise and a Veritas Sliding Tail Vise. I mounted the bench on an old Kitchen Base Cabinet to store my planes and other hand tools. The build is detailed here:


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#1 posted 02-07-2008 04:14 AM

nice work. good to see recycled material being put to good use. love the dog holes

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#2 posted 02-07-2008 04:17 AM

Nice heavy looking bench and a great collection of planes!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-07-2008 04:18 AM


That is one solid bench and using the cabinets for additional storage is an excellent idea.

Very nice work. I need one of these. Yours is certainly an inspiration. By the way I like your plane collection too.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-07-2008 05:47 AM

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#5 posted 02-07-2008 05:59 AM

That’s just “plane” beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-07-2008 06:44 AM

Great looking bench John.

Your plane collection is growing again!

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#7 posted 02-07-2008 06:59 AM

Great looking bench, John! What are the dimensions of your bench? Looks pretty long. I am sure it will see much use.

I like your workshop site, too. I hope to get mine cleaned and organized so that it is as clean and organized as your “old” shop pictures….LOL I especially like the banner on the bottom of your work shop site!!

You might like this blog bt David, on electrostatic removal of rust from old planes. I think you will like it.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#8 posted 02-07-2008 07:55 AM

I like the bench but I have to ask, which plane is your favorite?

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#9 posted 02-07-2008 08:42 AM

Great looking bench.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 02-07-2008 10:21 AM

Good job – I really like the bench and storage compartments.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 02-07-2008 02:24 PM


-- I love woodworking. Except sanding, gluing, cutting long stock, finishing, detail work, sawdust, the cost and loss of time. :)

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#12 posted 02-07-2008 05:30 PM


The bench is 30” wide and almost a full 8’ long.


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#13 posted 02-07-2008 05:33 PM

Tim Dorcas,

My favorite plane is the LN 4 1/2 which is not pictured in the bench picture. I added a lot of planes to my arsenal after the bench was finished. Here’s a pic of what I had.

My Hand Planes


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#14 posted 02-07-2008 07:47 PM

Question, seeing as I’m about to start building my bench; why would you add a sliding tail vise when you already have the twin screw? Isn’t the capacity of the tail vise about the same (or less)? I can see you’d want something there for some moving doghole action but just wondering why you’d go with the tail vise.

Good looking bench though and i envy your plane collection :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#15 posted 02-07-2008 08:24 PM


I was copying a bench designed by Bob Key and that is the way he had his set up. I am currently wormking on another bench with an Emmert Clone vise and a Veritas Twin Screw Vise for the tail vise.

I sold most of those planes to buy more tools :) I still have a handful though.


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