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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-06-2013 04:45 PM 6178 views 21 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure where I saw the design for the base. I wish I could credit them for the simple way to make it so strong by using blocks between the top and bottom rail. Ebony stain on yellow pine from the home improvement store turned out like I hoped.

The top came from Global Industries in kitchen supplies. Very economical way to accomplish a maple bench top. They mailed it fast and the courier even helped me carry it around to the basement.

The face vise I bought at Rockler. The first I’ve every owned. It is very handy for wood working compared to the clamps and machine vise I had previously.

The hard maple block for the vise from Rare Woods and Veneers in Atlanta. I drilled the dog holes with a drill guide on my hand held electric drill.

The adjustable casters allow me to keep it level with the bottom of the saw miter slots until I need a true outfeed table.

I keep it oiled with mineral spirits and plan to add a tail vise next.

-- Mr. Laughingbrook

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 05:06 PM

Nice bench. You will enjoy making stuff on this one.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 05:29 PM

Super looking bench nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 06:06 PM

Very nice, sleek looking and functional. Welcome to LJ’s. This is my next project after arranging the new shop.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 06:30 PM

Looks awesome! I am about to build a bench and like the design of yours. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 07:27 PM

great lookin bench now I have bench envy

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 11:37 PM

Very nice

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 12:41 AM

not common to see someone add stain to the lower part of a bench nice touch

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 01-07-2013 03:04 AM

The base looks like the one from the Woodsmith weekend workbench project.

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#9 posted 01-07-2013 06:45 AM

I agree that’s woodsmith’s “weekend workbench” base. Been wanting to do that to get mine off saw horses.

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 02:08 PM

The base looks to be from Here’s the link: I built one myself although my top isn’t as impressive as yours. Great job.

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#11 posted 01-07-2013 03:03 PM

Great workbench, simple but strong and functional…
My kind of project

-- To stop learning is to stop living..... Be open to new things

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#12 posted 01-07-2013 07:30 PM

I built that base, with laminated dimensional lumber (doug fir) for the top, similar, though not as impressive as this one. This is a very simple and economical but effective design for a workbench base. I use it regularly for hand planing, and it’s very resistant to racking.

-- Barry,

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#13 posted 01-07-2013 08:08 PM

Great bench, love the black frame.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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