just another workbench

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Project by oskarman posted 917 days ago 3249 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 917 days ago

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

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#2 posted 917 days ago

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 917 days ago

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 917 days ago

Very cool bench.nice work.

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#5 posted 917 days ago

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

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#6 posted 917 days ago

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

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#7 posted 917 days ago

looking great!


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#8 posted 917 days ago

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

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#9 posted 917 days ago

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 917 days ago

I’m inspired! Nicely done.

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#11 posted 917 days ago

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 917 days ago

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 917 days ago

Nice looking workbench!

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#14 posted 917 days ago

Very nice!

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#15 posted 917 days ago

ohhh…that is purty…...

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

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