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Project by MyChipCarving posted 01-16-2012 04:18 AM 7791 views 12 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With this new workbench I can now retire the “door on legs” that has served me well for the past 11 years. The legs on this bench are mortise and tenoned, stretchers are wedged tenons, all made from oak. The top is laminated 2×4’s on edge with a hardwood oak top. The leg vise was fun to make. I threaded 1-1/2” maple dowels using a Beall Wood Threader. I don’t recall where I got the plans from but I made a few adaptations and am pleased with how smooth the action is and the amount of force that can be applied.
I need to make a bench vise for the end but that will need to happen at a later date.
Your comments and questions are welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996





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rrdesigns

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 04:23 AM

That’s a real beauty. Happy shavings.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 04:27 AM

Nice Bench!!!!Like the dark stain.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 04:34 AM

Great looking bench Marty. It should serve you well. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 04:35 AM

Great looking bench Marty,this super bench will serve you well for years to come

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 05:00 AM

Congratulations on a great workbench! Looks like furniture.

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 05:28 AM

Nice workbench, I like the hardwood floor in the shop as well.

-- Ryan

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 05:31 AM

Love it… look nice!! Thanks for sharing…

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 05:53 AM

Looks great. Huge improvement over the door, no doubt.

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 06:10 AM

When I first saw it I thought it was a dining room table, very masterful.

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 06:38 AM

WOW, that’s waaay too nice for a work bench! I’d be afraid to hammer or saw on it! Well done, Marty!!!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 01-16-2012 06:40 AM

Marty;

WOW! Nice build! Now get busy and get some chips and sawdust on that clean floor!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 07:17 AM

That is gorgeous! Would hate to drive a chisel into that or maybe spill some Poly. :) beautifull bench!!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#13 posted 01-16-2012 11:50 AM

What an awesome bench. Threaded dowel is a better idea to me than spending $300 on a steel one. Where can I get the die and tap for them? Cool stuff. Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#14 posted 01-16-2012 02:19 PM

this workbench is a thing of beauty Marty. what did you use as a finish? thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#15 posted 01-16-2012 02:19 PM

Looks great Marty, but tell me how does the bottom screw on the leg vise work? I’ve never seen one like that before. What turns it?

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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