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Project by Newage Neanderthal posted 992 days ago 4308 views 15 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trying to figure out which bench design I wanted to go with took longer than building the bench. I went back and forth repeatedly but finally settled here. It’s made entirely out of big box SYP except for the face vise chop and sliding deadman, which are made from hard maple I got from a buddy of mine. The top is slightly over 4” thick, the legs 4.5”x5”, and almost 8’ long. By far the most expensive part of the bench is the vises. I opted for the Veritas quick release face and tail vises, and don’t regret it at all. They work great. The bottom shelf is ship lapped and setting on stretchers, not glued or screwed, just a nice friction fit holding them tight. On the chop of the tail vise I drilled out some side holes shown in pic two to allow me to easily push my dog back up. All the tenons are pegged with white oak dowels. The shape of the deadman is based on what I think to be the most beautiful shape in the world; I’ll let you figure out what that is. The title may be a bit presumptive, but I am loving this bench in a way that may be unhealthy.

-- www.newageneanderthal.blogspot.com . @NANeanderthal on twitter





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daydrik

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#1 posted 992 days ago

I like it. good lookin bench. looks alot better then mine.

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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AttainableApex

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#2 posted 992 days ago

omg this is the exact bench i have been thinking of making. no joke. kinda want that twin screw though, but none the less, great job. you have no idea how much i want to make it.
what is the width?

-- Ben L

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StumpyNubs

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#3 posted 992 days ago

What a piece of junk. Ship it to my house and I’ll have it destroyed for you… :)

By the way, the dead man (woman) design is clear enough. But there’s been one posted on here a couple of times that takes that idea to an absolutely pornographic level!

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 992 days ago

Your bench could NOT beat up my bench. Nope, it could eat my bench. Nice looking bench, looks like its ready for a lifetime of service. Well done, I bet its heavy.

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404 - Not Found

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#5 posted 992 days ago

Your bench would be in a world of pain if it met my bench.

I saw the dead woman design too, I’m surprised the top hole wasn’t bigger with lipstick around it.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 992 days ago

Nice bench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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woodzy

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#7 posted 992 days ago

Ill leave the fightin’ words to the fighters :)

Otherwise, love it. It’s a great bench with all the trimmings.
It looks well thought out and equally well constructed.

-- Anthony

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 992 days ago

What kind of shape would you have made if you were into fat chicks?

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Newage Neanderthal

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#9 posted 992 days ago

AttainableApex
25” wide

ShaneA
It is heavy, not sure on weight. I see people always saying, “its about 350 without the vises, etc” Seems like most is speculation to me, probably not putting them on scales. However, lets say that I wouldn’t want to lift it, and I got to put some good effort to move it around.

StumpyNubs
I prefer not to think about that, but since you’ve burnt it into my mind, I guess I would have needed to do a glue up

-- www.newageneanderthal.blogspot.com . @NANeanderthal on twitter

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 992 days ago

Nice work bench. Thanks for sharing!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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RS Woodworks

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#11 posted 992 days ago

Very nice bench indeed. Not sure that it could beat up my bench, but it would give it a run for the money, thats for sure. I sure hope your white out dowels hold up though! I’m not sure how strong white out would be in this application…. :D :D
As for weight, have a look at my blog and you’ll see that I actually DID put all the parts of my bench on a scale to weigh them. My top is 139 lbs, each side including two legs and panel is 53 lbs, and the total weight of my bench as it is now is 318 lbs. (73 lbs in vises, deadman, stretchers, and endcaps.) Once I add the cabinets underneath, I expect it to top 450! Lets see who’s bench beats up who’s then! Hahaha. All in fun of course.
Very nice bench, and a great job building it. Thanks for sharing.

Ryan

-- 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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tom427cid

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#12 posted 992 days ago

Ya,kinda puts my ole junkyard dog to shame. ha!
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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AttainableApex

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#13 posted 992 days ago

anyone want to tell me what a white out dowel is?

-- Ben L

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Tomcat1066

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#14 posted 991 days ago

Now that is a bench. Loving that deadman design

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Newage Neanderthal

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#15 posted 991 days ago

AttainableApex
Ryan was just bagging on me, it was supposed to be white oak, i changed it now

-- www.newageneanderthal.blogspot.com . @NANeanderthal on twitter

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