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Project by Cory posted 07-19-2012 02:46 PM 2672 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a lot of mental wrangling, I got tired of my waffling and just built a bench. I really wanted a Benchcrafted shaker bench, but didn’t have the time or the money to make it happen. This one was quick construction and used mostly materials I had on hand. It’s about 64” long, 34” high, 24” wide. I used hard maple and some maple ply for the legs and stretchers. The legs are a torsion box. The vise chops are mahogany.The top used to be a bench at a school that was demolished a few years ago. It was sitting in my warehouse and I cut it down to the size I needed. You can see what it looked like in picture 4. I flattened it and removed most of the stains and scratches. I still want to add a bank of drawers underneath, but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get to that.

It’s really heavy and stable and has been an absolute joy to work on. It’s amazing how much simpler life is when you can hold your work easily.

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 04:43 PM

Cool looking bench. What make are the vises?

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 05:07 PM

Thanks. The vises are from Shop Fox.

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 06:18 PM

Most excellent Cory, I really like the torsion box legs, great idea and a favorite for sure.

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 07:02 PM

Sometimes the most basic or simple designs, are the best. This is a GREAT looking bench, and it looks very solid. I am curious as to the two “jigs” on the shelf?


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#5 posted 07-19-2012 07:21 PM

Thanks, Gator. The jigs are bench hooks. One for sawing and the other is for supporting the end of the workpiece.

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 08:11 PM

Great bench Cory

Wise move getting it made, there will always be the

dream bench. The dream bench is never as good as

one that is in your shop and working.

I’m siitting with a bench stagnating while I think of all

the features I want.

I should take your lead and just get it finished

Thanks for sharing


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#7 posted 07-19-2012 10:05 PM

Nice Bench! it’s good to have that heft for planing and what not.

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#8 posted 07-19-2012 10:35 PM

Very nice. Looks great; I’m sure it will work for you as well!

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 12:42 AM

Looks great

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#10 posted 07-20-2012 03:32 AM

Nice looking bench. Looks like it will last a long, long time.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#11 posted 07-20-2012 04:34 AM

Cory, It looks like it will serve you well! Enjoy!

Bill Whig

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#12 posted 07-20-2012 05:01 AM

Great bench. I need a slab of wood like that, but I just can’t justify buying a ton of hardwood and gluing it all together. Should look around and see if I can find one like you did.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 02:35 PM

Nice bench, wish I had one like that. Like the front vise too.


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