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Project by Cuardach posted 05-24-2012 04:19 AM 3407 views 19 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this bench in 1993. It has gone through good times and bad alike. Like an old friend. Over the years I have added vises and a case of drawers. Just recently gave the bench a bit of an over haul. I made the twin vise screw from # 40 roller chain and sprokets from Surplus Center. Lots of time working on that. I have an import pattern makers vise that is let into the top. I like the vise a lot. The cabinet is simple and I wanted some paint on it. Don’t really have an answer as to why.It works great for me as a hand tool bench and I am working on a hanging tool cabinet to go over it. I’ll post that once done. The top is soldid maple saved from a bowling ally. That stuff was hard to take appart. I then planned it and glued it. Thanks for looking. Oh yeah. the shop stool is a dump find. I made the crazy hard seat but still love it. Sorry for the bad pics. The space in there is very tight.

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 04:28 AM

great bench. perfect in my opinion

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 04:30 AM

Excellent job…. Looks darn heavy…. That is good…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 04:47 AM

good looking bench you have there

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 06:30 AM

I dig the black, it has a clean manly look to it. Nice bench.

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#5 posted 05-24-2012 07:48 AM

Wonderful bench.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 05-24-2012 10:50 AM

Great Bench! Looks like it will stand up to planing well!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 10:55 AM

That is a very nice work bench. You will get good use of such a bench!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-24-2012 11:24 AM

Not only is it a good solid strong workbench it’s a beautiful one as well.


-- 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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#9 posted 05-24-2012 12:52 PM

Wow. That is a beautiful bench. Makes you want to go build something, just so you can use that pretty piece of furniture. I want one like it.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#10 posted 05-24-2012 01:22 PM

When I first saw it, I thought it was a “new build”, and thought to myself, “oh crap, he’ll cry the first time he dings that thing”, but then saw it’s almost a 20 year project. WOW. Helluva-20-year-old-workbench u got there, and freaking BEAUTFUL. And I would agree. The black drawers are pretty awesome.

-- "It's not a mistake. It's a design feature."

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#11 posted 05-24-2012 02:43 PM

that is a nice solid-looking bench. I like the bank of drawers underneath – something I find useful, especially when the available shop space is tight.
it’s good to see that I am not the only one who has to share shop space with a washer and a dryer ;-)


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#12 posted 05-24-2012 03:35 PM

She is a beauty and her stool is no slouch either.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#13 posted 05-24-2012 04:23 PM

The black paint with the natural maple looks great. The stool is a nice dump find. I love the end vise.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#14 posted 05-24-2012 06:33 PM

That is a really nice build.
I like it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Tyler Moseley

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#15 posted 05-24-2012 10:33 PM

Looks really good

-- Measure Twice, cut two, three times, plane, join, sand, coat, sand, coat, sand, coat, buff, wax, polish, brag. It's a process.

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