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Project by guitfiddleniick posted 10-01-2012 05:13 AM 2609 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After two long years in a tool prison, my beloved workbench and tool cabinet have found comfort in their new shop. I made this bench during a time when I worked for a wood importer. The bench is Paduak. Wedged through tenons for the upper and lower stretchers. The tail vise is made of Honduras rosewood, Cocobolo, Kamphi, and Lignum vitae. The square dogs are also Lignum, with cocobolo springs. I plan to add a tool till and breadboard the ends. The face vise is a sweet old quick release. The bench is 3 inches thick and is so f….in heavy. The tail vise hardware is Lee Valley. While it sat unused for two years, it mellowed some of the paduak from bright orange to a rich rusty red. My cabinet, which is a work in progress, has also come home. The upper part is a big dovetailed carcass of ash and cherry. The doors are raised panel cherry. This is currently the way I have it configured. I plan to add some cubbies and more drawers and doors, but haven’t figured out the layout yet. I would love to take suggestions. The botttom part is a plywood carcass with solid maple and cherry drawers with dovetail joinery. The drawers have 100 lb full extension slides and casters. The little chest of drawers under the bench is made entirely from wood rescued from a firewood pile.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese





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#1 posted 10-01-2012 05:28 AM

this is quite the bench

well done
glad you got it a good home

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 05:43 AM

A super bench and great storagetoo.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 06:26 AM

That’s very awesome. Incredible wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 01:59 PM

Nice job – love the use of different species of wood

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 05:20 PM

Excellent craftsmanship. I like it a lot.
So, working at the wood importer, is it like Johnny Cash’s Cadillac? “I got it one piece at a time…” ;)

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 09:07 PM

They really look good together!

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#7 posted 10-02-2012 03:17 AM

I got a bad case of bench lust. I gotta quit looking at wood porn.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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guitfiddleniick

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 04:33 AM

Bench ? I can understand that. No cadillac Johnny bench here. I was originally gonna use maple, but the Paduak was cheaper than maple by a lot. That being said, Just because I paid for the paduak, it is safe to say that I have a fleet of “Cadillacs”.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 04:26 PM

Very cool bench! I love it!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 02:12 PM

Amazing! On behalf of all of us I would like to say, we are all jealous! As I was reading the list of species used, my eyes were becoming greener and greener with jealousy.

Beautiful bench! Not only is it made out of exotic lumber, but the craftsmanship is evident in the construction. I hope to build something like this one day, but I am afraid that if I did, I would be too scared to use it. My current bench is the Rock Solid Workbench from FWW, but with a maple flooring top. I don’t become emotionally involved in spilling glue or finish on it; however, I am scared I would cry if I did that to a bench like your’s.

Love it!

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guitfiddleniick

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#11 posted 01-13-2013 08:22 PM

Ha. I just came in from the shop and read the comments by Anapolis7. Just yesterday, I spent the day scraping glue and crap off the bench and flattening the top with my jointer plane. Today I managed to spray saw blade cleaner on on my beloved bench and now I have a nice big brown stain on the perfectly flat work surface. I am too depressed to carry on today.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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