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Project by jcwalleye posted 1014 days ago 4249 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 1014 days ago

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 1014 days ago

Beautiful bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Hallmark

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#3 posted 1014 days ago

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 1014 days ago

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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smitty22

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#5 posted 1014 days ago

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 1014 days ago

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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NormG

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#7 posted 1014 days ago

Great looking benck

-- Norman

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Bsmith

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#8 posted 1014 days ago

Great bench. You should enjoy it for many years.

-- Bryan

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DocK16

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#9 posted 1014 days ago

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 1014 days ago

Another case of ‘bench envy’

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Eagle1

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#11 posted 1014 days ago

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 1014 days ago

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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Maveric777

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#13 posted 1014 days ago

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

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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kiefer

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#14 posted 1014 days ago

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

-- Kiefer 松

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 1014 days ago

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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