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Project by Dave T posted 01-06-2013 11:56 PM 2062 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this back in September. It’s not perfect, but it is 100% better than what I was using. I had an old hollow core computer desktop supported by some slapped together 2X4’s. Which does ok, for my outfeed table, but for a hand tool bench it wasn’t sufficient. And since I am slowly starting to work with hand planes and other hand tools I figured it was my turn to build a good solid bench.

I read both of Chris Schwarz books and looked at all of your postings as well. The bench is loosely based on the Popular Woodworking $175 bench plan. I decided not to go with bench dogs at this point, and decided not to go with a tail vise. Since I am left handed I put the vise on the right side. So far it has worked fairly well and has done everything I need.

I went to Fine Woodworking Live back in August and was talking to Matt Keaney. He said if this is my first bench, just finish it and work with it a little. Chances are he said it won’t be the last bench I build. I can always build another one or add features. Best advice I had through the hole process. I was trying to way over analyze the bench build. I have built a planning stop as an accessory so far.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 12:43 AM

Nicely done!

A workbench is on my way to loooong “to-do” list. I’ll get to it as soon as I cross off a few shop projects and then I’ll attack a bench build.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 02:02 AM

Nice bench Dave T. Add as you need is a great way to make a bench.

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 09:08 PM

Sweet Bench Dave… nice build.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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