Woodworking bench w/ Wilton Vise

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Project by moosejaw posted 922 days ago 5033 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was actually last winter’s work. The new shop needed a bench. It is a trestle style frame made of White Ash. My first attempt at mortise and tenon jointery. I installed the large Wilton woodorking vise with some big honking Ash jaws.

I (unfortunately) purchased a pre-made maple top as I did not own a planer or jointer yet. I jointed and planed the ash for the frame at a friends shop. I just couldn’t bare to ask to use the shop again for another stack of wood. I didn’t have enough clamps yet for the big glue up either. Now things are looking pretty good as the last of the big tools have been purchased. (Well maybe not all the big tools….........please don’t tell my wife) :)

It is a big heavy bench that has already had lots and lots of use.

What a fun project.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 922 days ago

looks great. I wouldn’t consider purchasing a pre-made top “unfortunate”, just leaves you with more time for other things.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 922 days ago

That looks great, very sturdy, I hope you get many projects created for us to see using this bench.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 922 days ago

Very nice work bench!

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#4 posted 922 days ago

Great looking bench well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 922 days ago

Ray that s a very clean looking bench. enjoy it

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#6 posted 922 days ago

That’s what I’d like to get building right now… I’d like a couple of them. I’m not going to say I have a shop until I have a few nice benches like this.

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#7 posted 921 days ago

Very nice massive solid looking work bench!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 921 days ago

This sturdy bench should serve you well for many years. The “store-bought” top was a good idea for you.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#9 posted 921 days ago

Look great.
I hope mine will come out as good.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#10 posted 921 days ago

A much better bench than mine! My bench has not made it off the paper yet. Great looking Jointery, thanks for letting us see the before shots.

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#11 posted 921 days ago

Nice woodworking bench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 590 days ago

Looks great. I bet it’s really sturdy.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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