Success? My Completed Bench!

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Project by mjlauro posted 2287 days ago 4154 views 21 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have no idea how to begin this description. This was beyond the shadow of a doubt the biggest undertaking in my woodworking. The design is based on Frank Klausz bench from the workbench book. However quite a few liberties were taken. By liberities I meen mistakes that I had to fix resulting in my own Interpretation. I hope I will be able to produce some great pieces on this, and as always I will look to LJs for inspiration. Well at any rate, I will try to give some small detail about my bench. The base and parts of the top are made of soft maple, the top for the most part is 8/4 hard maple. I turned the handles for the vices out of cherry, and used walnut to cap the tail vise and the face for the shoulder vise. I will probably also use walnut for the ramps in the tool tray(the last thing to do before its completely done) I’m currently finishing it with watco teak oil, and plan to use a couple of coats of butchers wax as well. This project start to finish took about 5 months, however that was not continuous. I’d say it can be done well with a months time, base and top if you have all the material. I can’t think of anything else to add, but I’m sure my fellow LJs will have plenty of questions of which I will be more thank happy to answer.

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#1 posted 2287 days ago

Gorgeous Bench! I really like it.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 2287 days ago

Bravo…I bet your filling great about know…may all your new projects come out as great as this one…Blkcherry

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#3 posted 2287 days ago

Wow! This is some great work. I know it will be bittersweet when you add that first dent to the top while working on a future project. You will have to let us know how you like that shoulder vise. I have always been intrigued by this type of vise and have never used one.

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#4 posted 2287 days ago

MJ, your bench is an astonishing achievement and one your great-grandchildren will fight over. Congratulations! The dovetails are exquisite, the design is sublime, and the execution is flawless.

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#5 posted 2287 days ago

WOW. That is just stunning. Congrats on a job well done. Good for you!


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 2287 days ago

Fantastic job! Now you have no excuse not to turn out first class projects. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 2286 days ago

That’s awesome. I had to do a double-take on your post. The pics had me thinking you used ebony not walnut.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#8 posted 2286 days ago

Your workbench looks geat. How long did it take you to make? Hope you check-out the Chestnut Oak workbench I made and put on this site today. May 17th.

-- TNM

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#9 posted 2286 days ago

She’s a beaut!

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#10 posted 2286 days ago

wonderful bench. seeing something like that it must be hard to go work on it. i would be afraid of scrathing it. thanks for the post and great job.

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#11 posted 2286 days ago

Great looking bench. I am looking forward to seeing your projects that you make on it.

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

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#12 posted 2286 days ago

FANTASTIC! A real beauty.

-- Bill, Florida

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#13 posted 2286 days ago

Looks fantastic – makes me want to replace my old and battered bench!!

-- Mike, Hawick-Scotland,

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#14 posted 2286 days ago

Very Nice!!! I’m standing at my computer clapping… that’s a fine lookin’ bench!!...

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#15 posted 2286 days ago

that’s a great looking bench. especially compared to my 2×4 piece-o-crap!
I’m not sure I’d be able to use it though!

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