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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 2312 days ago

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

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#2 posted 2312 days ago

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

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#3 posted 2312 days ago

What a beauty! What are the dimensions?

-- Hailey, ID

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#4 posted 2312 days ago

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 2312 days ago

Very nice work bench. Looks great.

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

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#6 posted 2312 days ago

Very, very nice

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 2312 days ago

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 2312 days ago

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 2312 days ago

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 2312 days ago

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 2312 days ago

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

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

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#12 posted 2312 days ago

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 2312 days ago

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

-- Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 2312 days ago

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 2312 days ago

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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