European-Style Woodworking Bench

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Project by DustyMark posted 10-11-2012 08:59 PM 5602 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, Minnesota

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 01:28 AM

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's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 01:34 AM

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, Minnesota

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 01:39 AM

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

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 02:31 AM

Great looking bench.

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 12:15 PM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 08-29-2013 02:20 AM

Nice bench!

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