21st Century Workbench

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Project by Snakeye posted 656 days ago 5461 views 33 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this workbench about a year ago based off this article. Ultimately, this workbench is what launched me into the hand-tool world (as you can see, the dovetails are all hand-chiseled). It took me about 3 months, working for about 5-6 hours every Saturday, to bring the bench up to 90% completion. I then brought it home and started working on it with all my projects. It wasn’t until about 6 months later that I finally decided I needed to fit the bins to the bench (they were already built, but just needed some planing to fit in the spaces), and then another month or two before I finished the double-screw Veritas vice. This weekend, I finally mounted the wooden jaws on the tail vice, and put 2 coats of Boiled Linseed Oil on it. It is now, 1 year later, 100% finished and complete.

The bench is built almost entirely out of European Beech (since I live in Italy and it’s easy to find). What’s not Beech? The 24” double-screw vice is a large Mahogany slab, and the tail vice is Elm (left over from my Beer Cabinet).

I built this almost exactly to Robert Lang’s specs (based off his article). It measures 87” long and 31” wide. The top is 3” thick. I only deviated by 1) not drilling as many dog holes (if I need more, it’s easy to drill them), and 2) I got a 9” tail vice instead of the 7” one used in the article (if some is good, more is better, right?).

The only thing I messed up a little bit: I’m left-handed. As you can tell by the pictures, the vices are set in a right-handed arrangement. I realized this after I had drilled the mounting holes for the tail vice… I didn’t feel like chopping off a few inches and re-doing it (or filling the drill holes with wood), so right-handed arrangement it was. To be honest, I don’t even notice. I’ve not had any problems planing or sawing with the vice arrangement as it is.

It’s a dream to work on. It’s heavy as hell and sturdy – I could park my SUV on the thing and it wouldn’t flinch. Hopefully it will last a long time with all the moves I have left to make!

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#1 posted 656 days ago

Looks great what a wonderful place to work for years to come.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 656 days ago

That is a beautiful bench!!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#3 posted 656 days ago

Dam, that is a killer!
I love it.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 656 days ago

Wonderful job and I know you’ll enjoy because it my very own bench as well. Over the years I’ve grown to love working on it and use the bottom area of the bench to store my lumber making the bench a rock to move…enjoy your new work mate thanks for posting Blkcherry

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 656 days ago

That will launch many projects.

What a great bench, I like your vice changes.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 656 days ago

Wonderful bench

-- Bud, North Carolina

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#7 posted 656 days ago

Great bench. It should last a few lifetimes.


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#8 posted 656 days ago

Congrats on the “righty tighty” version of the 21st Century WB. I made mine for “lefties” with the vices on the other ends. YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT! And well done!

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

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#9 posted 656 days ago

I found this workbench article several months ago and I’m determined to build it, I just don’t have the room for it right now. Nice build, good luck moving it from Italy.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#10 posted 656 days ago

Wow, makes me drool!! I wish I could say it was mine. I would like to sometime redo my workbenches and make them similar to yours. Great build!

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#11 posted 656 days ago

Spectacular workbench. Great work!

-- Bobby

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#12 posted 656 days ago

Beautiful work and outstanding looking bench!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 656 days ago

very nice. I am making two of these right now. One is almost done the other will go much quicker. They are a fun build. I BOUGHT THE DVD AND WAS A BIT UPSET THAT THEY DIDN’T FIX THE ERRORS ON THE DISK

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#14 posted 656 days ago

Wonderful bench. Areally great job, and a great place to work.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#15 posted 655 days ago

Great job! I’d be proud to work off this bench!

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