just another workbench

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Project by oskarman posted 02-16-2012 04:34 AM 3373 views 16 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

an ash workbench i recently built. it’s nothing special, but i thought it would make a good first project to share. the design is just a combination of some benches/features Chris Schwarz has described in various articles and his Workbenches book (which i highly recommend). the top is almost three inches thick and is secured to the base via drawbored M/T joints. i absolutely love the leg vise and the quick-release vise on the end works really well also. i was pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out. again, i highly recommend Schwarz’s Workbenches book. it really helped me understand what kind of workbench i wanted and also how to best construct it. thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 04:47 AM

Nice workbench, almost a shame to use it, I say repurposed it as a dining room table

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 04:57 AM

Would you mind returning my bench! Looks just like the one stolen out of my shop. Lol.

Welcome to LJs, we don’t steal your property, only your ideas!

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 05:01 AM

Great bench! I finished a similar one last month and can sympathize with you on how much work you put into this. What are the dimensions? The ash looks sweet—great choice for a bench.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 05:18 AM

Very cool bench.nice work.

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 05:34 AM

It’s very special,has every utility, a woodworker may require.

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 05:54 AM

Hey, that is a Great Bench! Well done, and Congrats!

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 08:32 AM

looking great!


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#8 posted 02-16-2012 08:35 AM

Looks really good oskarman. That leg vise looks aweful familiar! :) Hope you enjoy using it for many years.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#9 posted 02-16-2012 08:47 AM

Very clean and looks great! Will serve you well for yrs to come, I’m sure!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 02-16-2012 11:56 AM

I’m inspired! Nicely done.

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#11 posted 02-16-2012 01:03 PM

This will turn out to be one of the best projects you’ll ever made, enjoy your new workmate it turn out fabulous…BC PS…hey lets get a cover plate on that outlet!!!!!!!!

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#12 posted 02-16-2012 01:36 PM

thanks for all the nice comments. couple things….the top is 22×72 which seems to be a good size for me. as you have all noticed there is nothing original about this bench. i just wanted something solid and functional. i did not want to try and re-invent the wheel. finally, rest assured….all the outlets were covered soon after the pix were taking. thanks for noticing though :)

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#13 posted 02-16-2012 01:44 PM

Nice looking workbench!

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#14 posted 02-16-2012 03:11 PM

Very nice!

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#15 posted 02-16-2012 03:44 PM

ohhh…that is purty…...

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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