New Work Bench

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Project by Bsmith posted 1018 days ago 3605 views 18 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my second workbench. The first one served me well but it was time to upgrade. I really liked the one Ryan Sparreboom made and decided to use his as an example. Most of this is repurposed red oak. The legs are 3×4 oak from pallet lumber. All joints are mortise and tenon. The top is laminated 2×2 with a 1” ply substrate and the ends are walnut donate by a family member. Those are not through dove tails. Only the last 3/4” piece of oak on the front. I have a couple of coats of BLO and a couple more to go before its completed. I’m very happy with the end results. I’ve done quite a bit of woodworking in my time but not to this degree of craftsmanship. Much of it owed to this web site. This is a great place with a great bunch of woodworkers. Thanks.

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 1018 days ago

Very nice.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 1018 days ago

Looking good, should last for yrs.

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

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#3 posted 1018 days ago

well done i i knew how to favor the topic i would

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#4 posted 1018 days ago

You have one great looking bench !!
I really like the source of your oak.
Nice use contrasting woods.
I am jealous (in a friendly way) of your vices.

-- Anthony

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 1018 days ago

Hey dude,

Go up to the top of the page and where it says “add to favorites” on that, and it will put this project in YOUR favorites…...simple, and you’ll always have it for reference if needed….....

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#6 posted 1018 days ago

Nice bench I especially like the leg vice. Do you have a sliding dead man going in?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#7 posted 1018 days ago

Certainly respectable looking. Nice job.

-- Life is good.

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#8 posted 1018 days ago

That is a very solid design.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#9 posted 1018 days ago

Great work at the benefit of not breaking the bank by using reclaomed materials, from the pictures you would never know.

An heirloom for sure, well done, I like it

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#10 posted 1018 days ago

Pat yourself on the back you just made a great shop investment, nice work enjoy your new shop mate…BC

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RS Woodworks

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#11 posted 1018 days ago

Bsmith, first and foremost, you’ve made a great bench there! Congrats and good work, may you get many many years of service from it. It looks terrific.
Second, thank you very much for the reference in your description, and for saying that my bench was an example for you. That is always a bonus for posting my work here on Lumberjocks. It is a real honor for you to even mention my bench. I also really like that you used recalimed lumber (as I did) andyour leg vise and end cap design is also very flattering. Thanks and keep up the great work!


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#12 posted 1018 days ago

Very nice work. Should last a lifetime.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 1018 days ago

Nice looking bench! Solid work.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#14 posted 1017 days ago


-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#15 posted 1013 days ago

I’d be very proud if I were you. Nice in every way!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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