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Project by roundguy posted 02-26-2012 10:14 AM 2815 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting close…

I need to drill the holes for the bench dogs and add a few more coats of finish.

I followed a recipe in either a shop notes / wordsmith mag. Its beeswax dissolved in turpentine, then mixed with boiled linseed oil. Sure makes my garage stink.

The bench isn’t a full 3 1/2” thick all the way across. I glued up 1 3/4” square strips. In the rows where the bench dog holes will be drilled, I glued an additional strip to double up the thickness to support the dogs better.

I’m guessing it weighs around 175 lbs, possibly more. I weighed 130 lbs before I added the stretchers, apron, and vise.

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 11:05 AM

it looks very nice is it finished you need to write some things about it ill watch for updates as soon as you write the info on the build ill rate it

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 12:15 PM

It’s a nice clean bench and will serve you many years.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 12:18 PM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 01:06 PM

I can feel the buttery smoothness.

Really like the wood combo.

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 03:08 PM

Great combination of lumber, the legs make a bold statement. I hope you get many projects across this.

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

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 04:37 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

The mix of wood wasn’t entirely by design.
I visited John Ormsby and was buying some maple from him. Mentioned that I was building a bench and discussed glueing up Maple for the legs. He had the 4×4 mahogany posts, thought they would look nice, so I bought them too.

Today I’m making a jig to hold my drill square to the table so I can drill the holes for the bench dogs. My drill press doesn’t have enough room from the drill center to the column.

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 05:11 PM

Fantastic bench.

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 09:03 PM

That is a fine looking bench, massive and sturdy

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#9 posted 02-27-2012 06:39 AM

Do you mind elaborating on the bench and give us all the info whose design what vise etc etc

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#10 posted 02-27-2012 08:14 AM

For your benchdog holes, I would suggest using a plunge router setup to start each hole as deep as the router will allow you to take it. A simple plywood scrap drilled for a collar and clamped to the bench will get you the layout you desire. Then you will be able to finish each one off by hand. Might want to consider a backer board of sorts to eliminate any chances of blow out.

Just my two cents.

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#11 posted 02-27-2012 12:11 PM

Very nice bench

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 11:17 AM

Nice shop furniture.

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#13 posted 03-01-2012 06:24 AM


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