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European-Style Woodworking Bench

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Project by DustyMark posted 657 days ago 3067 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed 1991. This European-style woodworking bench is constructed of birch and maple. The top is salvaged bowling alley floor. The shoulder vice, tail vice, and holdfasts provide a lot of options to secure the work. I made the bench dog holes too tight and that has been a pain for decades (woodworking tolerances are not always a good thing.) Somewhere along the line I quit treating it like a piece of furniture and it no longer looks like the first three photos!

I added a cabinet later that sits between the legs and under the top. This was a project I used to teach my Dad how to do cabinet construction, mortise and tenon joints, raised panel doors, and dovetailed drawers.

-- Mark, Florida





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lysdexic

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#1 posted 657 days ago

Great looking bench but then again I have a work bench fetish. I am almost done with a split roubo. I need to get a couple work lamps like yours. Down the road I’ll add an “under cabinet” to mine as well.

Well done sir.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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DustyMark

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#2 posted 657 days ago

Your bench is like a BMW and mine is more like a Chevy. I checked out your blog…wow! You need to make a stray cut in it (in a real obvious place) on the same day you declare it finished just to get it over with.

-- Mark, Florida

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lysdexic

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#3 posted 657 days ago

We have been talking about that and I will but I just haven’t decided on the mechanism and symbolism.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#4 posted 656 days ago

Great looking bench.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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cutworm

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#5 posted 655 days ago

Very nice!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 336 days ago

Nice bench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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