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Project by RickL posted 11-19-2012 11:19 PM 3666 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you saw pictures of the bench build in the blog here. I finished the bench today after applying 2 coats of Tried and True oil. The pictures I posted are a couple from along the way up to today. The case is made of baltic birch ply and the face frame is 1” poplar. The plans and hardware package are from Benchcrafted. Both the front leg glide vise and the tail vise are so smooth you can you can use one finger to move them. The face of the front chop and bench have suede applied and the grip is beyond belief without exerting any pressure at all on the hand wheels. The case is finished with General Finishes Milk Paint, Bayberry Green. The top is 26”x83” and is 1-3/4” hard maple. The square dog strip runs the entire length of the top, and I have a few more dogs to make. I really enjoyed building this bench, I did have some challenges along the way, but learned I have more skills than I give myself credit for sometimes. The design is by Ron Brese, of Brese Planes, the hardware and plans come from Benchcrafted. Thanks for looking.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 11:21 PM

That’s a beaut Rick grand job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-19-2012 11:51 PM

great looking bench.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 12:42 AM

Wonderful, thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 12:42 AM

Nothing like enjoy your new work mate, it the soul of a good shop…BC

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 03:00 AM

Beautifully executed! Well done, sir!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 04:28 AM

That is one great bench. Enjoy.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 06:34 AM

great job :-)
like the way you made the doors


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#8 posted 11-20-2012 01:04 PM

i like it looks well built,old fashion cabnet styel,good job.

-- Punk in PA

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#9 posted 11-20-2012 01:15 PM

Fantastic! :)

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#10 posted 11-20-2012 01:28 PM

Great craftsmanship. There are some stores like Pottery Barn, that would sell this, for a small fortune, for use in the living or dining areas. Really nice looking cabinet.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 11-20-2012 01:35 PM

Beautifully done Rick. I know how important it was for you to get this just as you wanted it and it sure looks like you did. This will become another of your heirloom pieces. The top looks super. You’ll be proud of the vises and using them will give you as much satisfaction as the projects you build. The whole thing looks massive; 1.5” doors? It’ll take a lot of rugged use and abuse, though I doubt you’ll ever misuse it. Congratulations on a super build. Enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, from Tennessee.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 11-20-2012 03:21 PM

great bench ,i like it

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 11-20-2012 03:42 PM

Great build with some interesting design choices. What material did you use for the doors? It’s got a nice rustic look to it with those things…

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#14 posted 11-20-2012 04:25 PM

That’s pretty awesome.. love the color!

-- Bobby

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#15 posted 11-20-2012 05:02 PM

Love it.

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