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Project by wouldi posted 05-11-2008 07:44 AM 4108 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my work bench …. the base is all reclaimed doug fir… the timbers were rough milled with my chainsaw so i could get them to go through the planer …. i have just finished well not totally finished but gotten closer to being done recently …. i mounted my vise last week… im pretty happy with it ..

-- to the endeavor

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#1 posted 05-11-2008 07:49 AM

That’s one stout looking bench. What is the darker wood? It looks like walnut.

Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 08:44 AM

That bench kicks #$%! My bench is in the same style but this one puts it to shame. I’m going to replace my top with one like this. What type of vise did you install? bbqking

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 12:50 PM

Show a few pics of the mounted vice if you get a chance.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 01:05 PM

This is a very interesting design and you have a very sturdy bench on which to work.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Doug S.

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 01:49 PM

Very nice!! I just finished one and it’s soooo nice to have a proper place to work on. What’s the top dimensions and vise/dog hole plans? How did you flatten after glue-up?

-- Use the fence Luke

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 03:37 PM

I want one!

Great job. Thanks for posting.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 03:59 PM

Man, don’t you dare hammer on that table top. It should be in the dinning room or someplace like that. You guys kill me…You put more work into your shop tools then I put into a piece of furniture. Truly looks great. I am so impressed.

-- JJohn

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scott shangraw

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 04:36 PM

I’d be scrared to get any glue on it!!!

-- Scott NM,

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#10 posted 05-11-2008 05:19 PM

Jets could land on that baby. I to wonder about the vise you mounted and is it walnut in the top.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 08:33 PM

Remember this bench represents who you are, a few nicks and gouges over time are no different than the scars we each have.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Mark D.

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#12 posted 05-14-2008 05:15 PM

What type of joinery did you use on the stretcher between the two truss assemblies? Looks like the stretcher sticks up about a half to 3/4 above the short stretcher in each truss…

Great design, I’d be surprised if you ever noticed any bit of racking on that puppy…

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#13 posted 05-14-2008 10:05 PM

hey guys thanks for the comments much appretiated….. the darker wood is walnut …. the vise i believe is a bech dog vise i picked it up at our local rockler it was onsale …. i think it was like 70 bucks … the bottom stretcher joint is a doosy.. its something i kinda just made up the endgrain of the stretcher is nothed out like a u shape which then fits into a notch on the bottom rail so its like a bridal/full lap/inlay ? joint… incredibly strong all of the douglas fir is pegged with 7/8 by 3 1/2 inch oak dowel… and the whole thing was glued with PL poly glue … i cant rememeber right of hand but i think the top demensions are 27”w x 69”L x 33”H … i havent gotten to figuring out my dog holes yet i have gotten side tracked by my wifed birthday present .. which i will have pics of soon …. and i will have to get pics of the under workings of the top too ….

-- to the endeavor

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#14 posted 06-11-2008 05:29 PM

Okay. That’s inspiring, which isn’t fair because I have so many other projects ahead of MY bench…

Great job!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#15 posted 09-24-2009 03:29 PM

Total bench envy going on right now….

-- PAI

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