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Project by wookie posted 10-27-2011 04:46 PM 2748 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellows Jocks and Jockettes,

Here is the new bench we made for my son. It is made from southern yellow pine from “The Big Box Store’’.
Used a solid core oak veneer door for the top. The legs are laminated through tenons. I also used some of the Blum 20” Tandembox Drawer Slide Kits @ Rockler for $19.99 each. They were regularly $75.00 a drawer and I thought they were a good deal. Instructions were a little hard to figure out, especially for me. Lots of metric things going on but they came out pretty good. They have the Blumotion feature… that’s pretty cool! I had fun doing the bench. I do get a little obsessed when I do a project and mama feels a little neglected when i’m in to it. Some tablesaw setups, some router table setups, and some drill press setups… you know FUN! Thanks For Lookin.

Cheers, Jack

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 10-27-2011 04:53 PM

It’s a nice workbench for your son. Way to go Dad.

-- 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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wookie

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#2 posted 10-27-2011 05:06 PM

I am hoping one day, not too soon, that my grandson will use it. Thanks helluvawreck!

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 10-27-2011 05:11 PM

Jack,

Your son looks like he’s mighty proud of the new work bench (I take it that’s him in the pix). The very first work bench I ever built (wow..seems like a long time ago) had a solid-core door for a top..I still have it….. Stellar job on the build. I’ve never used the type of slides that you described. Are they the under-mount type? Looks like he’ll get plenty of good use out of the bench…...

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

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wookie

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#4 posted 10-27-2011 05:31 PM

Rick,

They are under-mount and integrated into the metal sides. They probably would work well retrofitted into existing if someone wanted to go that route. Thanks for the look-see. Yeah, that my boy… and we are proud of him too!

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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BentheViking

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#5 posted 10-27-2011 06:02 PM

In the future for you or anyone else those drawers are mightly similar to the drawers sold with IKEA kitchen cabinets (which are made by blum) rather than paying so much at rockler you can get them for between $19 and $40. Sizes are for cabinets that are 12”, 15”, 18”, 21”, 24”, 30”, and 36”. Then make your own faces (essential a flat panel with 4-6 holes drilled the right size at the right spots) and you’re in business.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 10-27-2011 06:11 PM

Extremely nice bench. You are giving me the itch to build a similar one for myself.

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

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Eduardo Licona

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#7 posted 10-27-2011 06:14 PM

nice project….

-- Eduardo Licona

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TheBossQ

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#8 posted 10-27-2011 06:41 PM

I’m curious about the laminated through tenons. I’m having trouble determining if you actually cut a tenon at the end of the stretcher, or if the full thickness is passed into the lamination. On the clearest pic, it looks as if the tenon is indeed smaller than the rest of the stretcher.

Nice bench. Proof that a good design and good craftsmanship can make even modest materials look great. I like the drawer pulls.

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wookie

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#9 posted 10-27-2011 06:41 PM

Ben,

Thanks for the Ikea tip. They would have been much easier. Thanks Charlie and Eduardo. Boss, you cut the outside pieces to length and use a spacer the size of tenon. Then determine their placement and cut the inside pieces to length.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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Eric in central Florida

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#10 posted 10-27-2011 06:49 PM

Nice Job.
Good work !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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bob62

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#11 posted 10-27-2011 07:09 PM

Good Job!

-- Robert, Mississippi, http://www.lunberjocks.com

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wookie

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#12 posted 10-28-2011 07:42 AM

Thanks Eric and Robert. I have to give credit to RTim for the drawer pulls and Carlos Caledron for the basic design. I do have a tip for everyone. I used a hinge drill bit to start the holes for the screws in the slides. It centered them up every time and was a joy to use… it was so easy. Thanks to everyone for your responses. Posting projects for you guys to comment on is as much fun as the project itself.

Cheers,

Jack

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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mafe

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#13 posted 10-28-2011 02:18 PM

That is a really nice and modern bench, I love the look of it.
What a lucky son hope he is proud of his father.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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wookie

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#14 posted 10-28-2011 04:13 PM

Thanks, Mads. Hope your retirement is going well … I would love to be retired.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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mafe

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#15 posted 10-28-2011 05:49 PM

Yes retirment is ok, but I promise you that you would not trade, this because with it came days of pain and a constant feeling of having a wedge placed in my neck. But since I have time, I smile, and take it easy, and as long as the pain will not get worse I can still be happy most of the time thank to this retirement that makes it possible for me to rest when needed. So stay in there and enjoy, this is the most important, that we enjoy, and I see that you are a man with a good heart so I’m sure you do.
Smiles and good thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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