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Project by Blender posted 03-28-2012 05:23 PM 5416 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a picture of my workbench. The plans were taken from FWW Matt Kenny’s Monster workbench http://www.tauntonstore.com/matts-monster-workbench-065101.html and it is monster. It’s a real beauty to work on, flat and stable.
I used hard maple for the top and fir for the base. Fir is finished with 8 coats of poly tung oil while the top just has a healthy boiled linseed oil bath.
The plans were modified slightly to accommodate the vises I chose. I went with the Veritas Quick-Release Sliding Tail Vise – http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=65746&cat=1,41659- This is an excellent vise, the range is great and the action of the quick release is crisp.
The Large Front vise – http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=31137&cat=1,41659,41661&ap=1 This vise is ok but I think I’m going to swap it out for one of these soon-Veritas Quick-Release Front Vise http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67755&cat=1,41659 I love the action of the tail vise so I am excited to try this set up.
The biggest part of the job was milling the top pieces a lot of jointer planer passes here. The top is held on with two 1” maple dowels on each apron which I have to remind people of when I need help moving it.
I would also like to have a small storage area under the bench, not something that takes up the whole space but a space to hold a few items.
Any comments or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks for looking at my work.
Mike





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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 05:48 PM

Helluva bench, nice work!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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MasterSergeant

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 06:16 PM

Heaven!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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GrandpaLen

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 06:41 PM

Most Excellent!

This “Monster” bench should serve you well for a lifetime of projects.

Work and Play Safe.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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KMT

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 07:06 PM

Thats a great looking workbench! Nice job!

-- - Martin

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MShort

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 07:59 PM

Going to be a very nice bench for you for a long time.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Holt

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 08:13 PM

Is there a front apron still to be added? might be the way I’m looking the pictures, but it looks like the tail vise doesn’t line up with anything (just slide back and forth along the front edge).

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#7 posted 03-28-2012 09:55 PM

That turned out great, I bet it is rock solid

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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BlankMan

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 01:02 AM

Very nice work. I hope to be doing one soon…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 01:04 AM

Great job on a beautiful bench.

Lee

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mloy365

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#10 posted 03-29-2012 02:13 AM

Very nice bench!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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rmoore

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#11 posted 03-29-2012 03:34 AM

What a beast! Is this your shop or a school? I noticed the lockers. Also, how about some pictures of the folding saw horses that are holding the top in picture 2. Those look like they would take up less space than regular ones.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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Manitario

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#12 posted 03-29-2012 09:35 AM

Awesome bench! Looks like you have quite the shop to work in.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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lazyoakfarm

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#13 posted 03-29-2012 10:27 AM

Great bench! Great shop! This does not look like a hobby.
I’m using a fold out table for my bench until I can find the right material without having to mortgage the house. Hard maple is very expensive. I keep telling the wife it will last a lifetime. She keeps asking me if I can sleep on it.

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 03-29-2012 11:00 AM

It’a a very nice and outstanding bench and will serve you well.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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wdworking

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#15 posted 03-29-2012 11:34 AM

Very nice. Should last a lifetime.

-- Craig http://www.wouldworking.com

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