hard maple work bench

  • Advertise with us
Project by sidestepmcgee posted 03-17-2008 04:44 AM 9227 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this bench was the first thing i built (furniture related). i tried to built stuff on make shift tables and the floor ,only to want to smash hard earned i made the leap into making woodworking an official hobby by taking the first step towards building a shop.i used a design from popular mechanics, and followed the plans exactly , finished with watco danish oil natural.hard maple throughout, patternmakers vise and double screw end vise.still need to drill or route bench dog holes. built a matching stool with scraps to go with it.

plans for bench:

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

16 comments so far

View Kevin's profile


291 posts in 4194 days

#1 posted 03-17-2008 05:20 AM

I love the twin screw on the end.

I don’t quite understand the face vice though. Does the back face actually stick out past the face of the workbench? What is the reason for this? Also why is the metal part of the vice level with the top of the bench? Aren’t these usually mounted so there is no metal level with the bench top?

I ask because I am going to be making my first bench soon and am scouring around looking at every design idea I come across.

I like the looks of the bench itself and the stool is a great idea dna use of scraps.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

View sidestepmcgee's profile


158 posts in 3961 days

#2 posted 03-17-2008 05:40 AM

because its a patternmakers vise its able to spin 360 degrees and can also be adjusted to move 90 degrees up or down with a locking handle.and the top is recessed 1/16 of an inch to give clearance. finding the right design for a bench to suit me was the hardest research i’ve ever put into a project,everybodys different , so find what works best with you.also the plans i’ve linked are pretty detailed. thank you

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 4224 days

#3 posted 03-17-2008 06:44 AM

That’s one nice heavy duty looking bench!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View grovemadman's profile


556 posts in 4008 days

#4 posted 03-17-2008 07:32 AM

Thanks for posting such a wonderful project! Not only does it look sturdy, but ready to handle any type of clamping you may need during fabrication.

-- --Chuck

View cajunpen's profile


14578 posts in 4302 days

#5 posted 03-17-2008 09:23 AM

Really sturdy looking bench. Looks like you have all the bells and whistles that might want.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

View rikkor's profile


11295 posts in 4110 days

#6 posted 03-17-2008 11:14 AM

Very nice bench. We should see some really nice projects coming off of it.

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 4058 days

#7 posted 03-17-2008 11:41 AM

This is a gorgeous bench and a tool that should get a lot of use. I am sure that this was a challenging project. Now that you have this under your belt anything else should be a “piece of cake”. :)

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View mrtrim's profile


1696 posts in 4116 days

#8 posted 03-17-2008 12:23 PM

great looking bench !

View Tony Z's profile

Tony Z

205 posts in 4026 days

#9 posted 03-17-2008 02:30 PM

That is a nice bench. I’m reading Chris Schwarz’s book right now and am planning on building one soon. It looks to me like the rear jaw of the face vise is mounted upside-down, but maybe I’m wrong. I bet that bench is heavy! Nice work.

-- Tony, Ohio

View DaveH's profile


400 posts in 4014 days

#10 posted 03-17-2008 02:44 PM

Great bench! Great workmanship! When I get the time and money I plan to build one. Thanks for posting the pictures!

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

View CharlieM1958's profile


16281 posts in 4454 days

#11 posted 03-17-2008 03:09 PM

Really nice bench. And both of those vises set you back quite a few $$$. :-)

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

View SteveL's profile


174 posts in 4004 days

#12 posted 03-17-2008 03:36 PM

Very nice bench there—and you did a fine job of mounting that patternmaker’s vise. Is it an antique Emerett? This is a setup ideal for carvers, since the vise rotates to any position but holds your workpiece solidly. We’ll expect to see lots of great work emerge from the sawdust on this bench!

-- SteveL

View sidestepmcgee's profile


158 posts in 3961 days

#13 posted 03-17-2008 04:06 PM

i wish it was an antique emerett. the patternmakers is from woodcraft and the end vise from lee valley.i find the rotation of the vise to be the best for use on every project. thanks for sharing

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

View ND2ELK's profile


13495 posts in 4010 days

#14 posted 03-17-2008 09:17 PM

Great looking bench. You did a very nice job for your first project. Thanks for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View PanamaJack's profile


4483 posts in 4313 days

#15 posted 03-19-2008 08:16 PM

Beatuiful bench! Great job.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics