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Project by jcwalleye posted 11-12-2011 04:34 AM 4309 views 16 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I blogged building this bench several months ago but wanted to post it on my projects page. Please forgive the double posting.

The bench is maple, the top just shy of 3 3/16” thick. The final dimensions were closer to the second drawing, but the first drawing has a better narrative. Having used this bench for 4 months now I am very pleased with it. I’ve not had much luck in the past using hand planes, but with this bench, I’m starting to master the skill. The wagon wheel vise from benchcrafted works great, as does the Jorgenson face vice.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--





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derosa

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 04:35 AM

Very stout looking, I’m envious.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 04:40 AM

Beautiful bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Hallmark

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#3 posted 11-12-2011 04:45 AM

That will work! Nice job.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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skeeter

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#4 posted 11-12-2011 04:49 AM

nice bench. i have the same probs with planes. i guess that is why they are called bench planes?

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#5 posted 11-12-2011 05:37 AM

Super bench, I like the idea of no front lower stretcher, thanks for posting.
Dale

-- Smitty

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Ryan Haasen

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#6 posted 11-12-2011 05:52 AM

What a great work bench! Looks really solid, and I love the vices. Wouldn’t take too long for it to fill up with clutter in my shop…

-- Ryan

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#7 posted 11-12-2011 06:01 AM

Great looking benck

-- Norman

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Bsmith

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#8 posted 11-12-2011 07:22 AM

Great bench. You should enjoy it for many years.

-- Bryan

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#9 posted 11-12-2011 09:42 AM

Definitely a winner. Definitely have to go back and check the building blog. Built like the proverbial BSH

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

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j_c

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#10 posted 11-12-2011 11:06 AM

Another case of ‘bench envy’

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Eagle1

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#11 posted 11-12-2011 11:34 AM

Great bench. I need to build a better one. Maybe this winter.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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HalDougherty

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#12 posted 11-12-2011 03:03 PM

Great looking bench! When you make something this nice, it needs to sit in the living room where everyone can see it.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#13 posted 11-12-2011 03:56 PM

What an awesome bench! I would be proud to have this in my shop. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 11-12-2011 05:19 PM

This looks like a nice sturdy bench and I am sure you will enjoy it for a long time !
I wish I had the room but the wife insists on parking in the shop/garage .

Kiefer

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 11-12-2011 07:59 PM

That’s a great-looking bench, and you’ll get plenty of use out of it for sure….One question: Why didn’t you build a cabinet with plenty of drawers for storage, and have your hand tools, latout tools, marking tools, etc. right at hand? When I built my bench, tha’s what I did, and have never looked back….Convenience at its best….Just curious…..

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

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