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Project by BrettMcD posted 811 days ago 6214 views 24 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well just barely finished my take on a Nicholson workbench and thought that I would share.

Dimension

23 inches wide X 72 inches Long X 32 inches High

After agonizing and agonizing over which kind of workbench I wanted to build and have the “perfect” bench, I finally decided that I was going to go crazy if I read through Sam Allen’s book or Scott Landis’s book one more time. I searched everywhere I could on the Internet for way too long, this was driving me crazy. Then I finally stumbled onto Mike Siemsen’s blog and Bob over at the Logan Cabinet shoppe. I thought, “Hey, I have a fighting chance of actually completing that workbench.” So, long story short, I decided that a six foot long workbench was just a bit more than my tiny shop could handle…so that is how long I made it. I used to have a four foot workbench, and I LOVE the extra length. Best part about the workbench.

My wife got me the Large Front Vise from Veritas along with other wooworking tools for Christmas, so that is what I put on the front. Yep, she is absolutely a keeper. I really like how compact and well behaved this vise is. Not a lot of racking so far, I think I will eventually make a bunch of spacers for it. For now I just use whatever scrap piece of wood is lying around.

I am extremely proud of the vise handle as it is my FIRST ever turning on the lathe. I think it turned out really nice. I figure I spent about 6 hours on it and spent $10 on sand paper to replace a $6 vise handle. What more can I say? It was still a ton of fun.

No tail vise. Just a split top and a planing stop modeled after Ian Kirby. Simple, cheap so far. It is a fairly elegant solution, only time will tell if I want to get the Benchcrafted wagon vise if I ever build another workbench someday.

Front Apron is a 2X10 with a backer board behind it. The apron adds a ton of rigidity to the bench. It is absolutely stable even without stretchers on the bottom of the legs. Apron also has holes drilled into it for the Gramercy holdfasts. I’m really happy with that so far. The bench is extremely solid; I am very pleased with that.

In conclusion if you don’t have very many tools or clamps this is an excellent style to build. So far I am very impressed with the decision. NO workbench is “perfect” but this design has a lot going for it I like it. Thanks!





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JohnnyB

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#1 posted 811 days ago

I like it, particularly the way the split can be used to hold bench stops. I would add a couple more holes in line with the top holes in the apron to allow you to put in pegs to support longer workpieces for edge planing. That’s probably easier and quicker to use than holdfasts. This bench should serve you well.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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rmac

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#2 posted 811 days ago

Nice bench!

To keep your vise from racking, try one of these gizmos. They work great:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/64985
http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/2011/11/reasonable-alternative-to-growing-third.html

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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MayflowerDescendant

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#3 posted 811 days ago

AWESOME bench! The most important thing is that the design works for you. Congratulations. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 811 days ago

Great looking bench, well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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steliart

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#5 posted 811 days ago

very nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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schloemoe

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#6 posted 810 days ago

I like the bench should be in my shop though.LOL ….........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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Martyroc

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#7 posted 810 days ago

Great looking bench, nice work.

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

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sarahss

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#8 posted 810 days ago

That looks great! Where did you find plans, or did you design it yourself?

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John

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#9 posted 810 days ago

Nice bench! So those gramercy holdfasts have enough gripping surface on 2” thick lumber? Or does the backer board add thickness for more purchase? Some pics from the side and underneath would be awesome

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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Dave

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#10 posted 810 days ago

A wonderful bench

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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RGtools

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#11 posted 810 days ago

The pics on this are great. This is the second time I have seen pictures that make something full size look miniature…it’s a very cool effect. How did you do that?

Also the bench is great…looks very fuss free and easy to build. I would love a picture of the guts of the bench as well…I am curious how the thing went together.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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PurpLev

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#12 posted 810 days ago

looks like a great bench, nice size, dimensions seem very balanced out, and from the sound of it – it works great too – which is all that matters really (although it helps that is looks this good too ;) )

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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StumpyNubs

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#13 posted 810 days ago

I really like the Nicholson style bench. When we built the mini-cabinet maker’s bench on Blue Collar Woodworking we almost made it this style. But it was not suited to the compact size we wanted.

You’ve done a great job!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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oldreddog

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#14 posted 810 days ago

I love this, I would like any plan info please.

-- oldreddog

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tsangell

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#15 posted 810 days ago

Love it. The Nicholson bench is a great tool.

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