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Project by CharlieD posted 03-31-2008 06:30 PM 3356 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This work bench is made from a combination of two different plans. The primary plan called for a maple top. After checking the price of maple I went to plan B and opted for a top made from 2×8 yellow pine. If you want to spent the money maple is great of course. I am pleased with the yellow pine and would recommend it to any one looking to build a good quality “heavy” workbench. It is softer of course but you can sand/plane down the top every couple of years it you feel the need. The side and end vise’s are from Veritas with the shoulders made from maple and walnut. I also added walnut feet to add contrast. It just seemed to need something there. Drilling the holes for the bench dogs was quite a chore since the top is 3 inches thick. The plans called for finishing the top using Waterlox ( Expense stuff but it works well. I have never seen it recommended for use anywhere but in the plan I used.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#1 posted 03-31-2008 06:33 PM

WOW very nice bench. Looks very solid and well put together.

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#2 posted 03-31-2008 06:36 PM

Looks quite sturdy! Well-constructed and well-photographed. Thanks.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-31-2008 06:37 PM

What a beauty! What are the dimensions?

-- Hailey, ID

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#4 posted 03-31-2008 06:54 PM

Don’t remember exactly but I did make it higher than normal by a couple of inches for my height. I’ll measure and repost.

-- Charlie - Texas

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 06:54 PM

Very nice work bench. Looks great.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 06:59 PM

Very, very nice

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 03-31-2008 07:19 PM

Beautiful! I am glad to see someone using yellow pine for the top, since that is so readily available where I live. I was afraid the woodworking gods might strike down with a bolt of lightning anyone foolish enough to attempt such a thing. :-)

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

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#8 posted 03-31-2008 07:20 PM

That is a nice bench. I have one of these on my to do list (along with a myriad of other things). This one looks really solid.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-31-2008 10:08 PM

Very Nice!! —A three inch top- Wow!... I wonder how much that thing weighs.. ?... lol

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 03-31-2008 11:22 PM

Looks too good to use Charlie but I bet that won’t stop you. Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 03-31-2008 11:28 PM

EXCEPTIONAL bench – that should last a few lifetimes. Nice work.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#12 posted 04-01-2008 12:06 AM

Super bench, nice work. Do you do much planing on it? It looks tall.


P.S. Waterlox has been around for years but unavailable in many stores though always available online.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#13 posted 04-01-2008 12:16 AM

Wow, very nice, handsome and functional, congrats on this accomplishment!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 04-01-2008 01:21 AM

Great looking bench. That a nice looking vise on the end.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 04-01-2008 05:30 AM

The bench looks like it will stand up to anything . Nice work. I to am on the tall side and make all my benches to fit me.

-- Preston H Kamloops BC Canada

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