Hybrid Bench

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Project by JL7 posted 03-31-2012 01:58 AM 16618 views 74 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s been almost a year since I started working on this, and I suppose that lot’s of you are tired of looking at it in my blog… But I finally got the chisel mallet done today – which was a cutoff from the front vice chop – so it’s time to call it a project…..... Like everything else in the shop, it will probably evolve….....

First off – I appreciate all the advice and inspiration I got from fellow LJ’s to build this – Could not have done this without you!

The quick specs:

- Hard Maple Bowling Lane re-purposed with Jatoba accents.
- Extruded Aluminum base using Parker (IPS) shapes – similar to 80/20 material.
- Industrial strength casters with adjustable rubber feet.
- Veritas Twin Screw vice lined in leather
- Grizzly front vice with leather on the chop.
- Two removable tool tills – one on the front and one on the end.
- Matching dogs and mallet… the pencil holder :) All from the bench scraps.
- Hard Maple flooring for the floating shelf at the bottom.
- Finish is Turpetine – BLO and Beewax – more info here – great stuff!

It’s was a big challenge for me and very well worth it! It is the center of my shop…..........

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 02:13 AM

Wow that is so nice I would be afraid to mess it up – gorgeous!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 02:27 AM

That’s an awesome bench. Congrats!
If I had a bench looked like that I would want to put it in my wife’s living room just to look at.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 02:28 AM

Probably the most beautiful bench I’ve ever seen. Terrific work.

-- Ryan

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#4 posted 03-31-2012 02:33 AM

Thanks Earl, Bruce and Ryan – It was built for a purpose and is designed for that purpose…..It has already been used for quite some time, and I expect years to come…......the best tool in the shop :)

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 03-31-2012 02:53 AM


Very impressive! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 03:07 AM

Looks Great, JL7! I think it turned out perfectly! Love that tool tray, too.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 03:10 AM

Super cool ! Time well spent. And the pen holder is a nice touch.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#8 posted 03-31-2012 03:53 AM

Jeff that is a rock star in your shop. The pictures were well set up and excellently done.
The finish is right the right one and you can replenish it at will. The bench has a bit of old school and a modern flair to it. Any woodworker would be proud to own such a well constructed tool. I hope and know it will serve you well for many years.
Dovetails, box-joints,inlays on the chop, on and on. Every little detail has something else to show.
And then the sweet hearts, nice.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 03-31-2012 03:58 AM

Beautiful Jeff, it really turned out great. The trays are awesome. Very, very well done sir.

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#10 posted 03-31-2012 04:39 AM

Congratulations Jeff, that’s an excellent bench.

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#11 posted 03-31-2012 04:45 AM

Jeff, that Bench brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat.

I believe you have the Bench Bragging Rights as far as Shop Furniture goes, she’s a thing of beauty.

Very nice fit and finish.

-- 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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#12 posted 03-31-2012 04:49 AM

Thats one sweet bench.

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#13 posted 03-31-2012 05:04 AM

Bench? What bench?

Is there a bench there?

I love this stuff Jeff

The hybrid bench dogs are cool. not round, not squared. Hybrid :)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 03-31-2012 05:19 AM

Very nice work a most unique and special bench.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 03-31-2012 07:51 AM

Jeff, I am in awe and very jealous of that bench. Patience pays dividends my man. Magnificent!!!


-- Mike from Manchester - not NH but UK

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