My Last Project - woodworking bench

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Wanted a bench with dog holes that I could use for a variety of purposes with lots of clamping options…Have an old front vise that I cleaned up and am using a Veritas wonderdog in lieu of a tail vice…I was short on cash so I built my bench using pine 2×8’s off the rack from Lowe’s…I am very happy with the results all things considered

-- Joe - Canton Ohio

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 08:38 PM

Looks good Joe ,high end woods are not necessary to make a great bench and yours proves that.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 08:42 PM

Nice looking bench. Really no need for expensive lumber, this is going to work very well. Good re-use of exsisting vise.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 09:36 PM

Good job Joe.
That’ll last a long time and serve you well.

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 10:30 PM

That looks like a very good bench Joe. The way you made it makes it easy to install a box with drawers underneath in case you should need more storage too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 10:33 PM

Nice looking bench

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 10:36 PM

Good looking bench, and it is easier to sand down the dimensional lumber when the top needs to be cleaned up

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

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#7 posted 02-23-2012 10:49 PM

Ok. Here goes…. my first post :)

I’m looking to make a very similar workbench. I really like the casters that you are using. Where did you get them?


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#8 posted 02-24-2012 12:45 AM

Casters are from rocker…they are cam operated so you just step on them to engage them…they are great…my bench is totally mobile.

-- Joe - Canton Ohio

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#9 posted 02-24-2012 01:46 AM

That’s heavy duty. I’m a big fan of those mobile benches. My favorite part of the shop is in the driveway under the shade. You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#10 posted 02-24-2012 08:27 AM

Sorry to hear this is your last project. Odd that you would choose a bench. ... just kidding

Nice job.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 02-24-2012 09:16 AM

Flat, stable and useful what more do you need? The first time you cut into it by mistake won’t be the end of the world. I like it. Beats the heck outa my solid core entry door.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#12 posted 02-24-2012 11:39 AM

well done and looks so much nicer than if you had used doug fir or con grade wood

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#13 posted 02-24-2012 03:04 PM

Nice bench!

I was thinking along the same lines as wormil. I thought this was going to be one of those tearjerker posts since it was your “last” project. :-)

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

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#14 posted 02-24-2012 06:56 PM

Nice job, Joe.

The pine will work great. I made mine out of Doug fir 2×12’s from Lowes. You can put a ding in it (and you will) and not cry bitter tears.

That bench is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

Very soon you are going to wonder how you ever got along without it!

-- 73, Bob

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