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Project by Pipeman posted 05-23-2008 05:24 PM 2451 views 7 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a workbench I made from Chestnut Oak, the wood was cut from my land here in Boone, N.C. in the spring of 2005. It will weigh in at 350 Pounds, and has 173 pieces of Chestnut Oak. I have been working with wood for 60 years, and this bench, I have been wanted to build for over 35 of those years. I have been self-employed all my life, by trade a Commercial General Building Contractor, and by love a woodworker, and a pipe maker (smoking Tobacco pipes) .

-- TNM





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SteveKorz

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#1 posted 05-23-2008 05:27 PM

Wow, that’s one nice bench!... I’m hoping to have one on my project list this summer. Hopefully, It’ll be as nice as that one… great post!!.

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

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Pipeman

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#2 posted 05-23-2008 05:28 PM

I was asked to post more pictures of the Chestnut Workbench I made, So please enjoy.
Tom

-- TNM

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Pipeman

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#3 posted 05-23-2008 05:32 PM

SteveKorz,
Thank you, I feel the bench you plan to make will labor of love, and will look great. Hope you post it so all of us can enjoy.
Tom

-- TNM

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GaryK

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#4 posted 05-23-2008 06:00 PM

That’s one beefy bench you got there that’s for sure!

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

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Pipeman

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#5 posted 05-23-2008 06:20 PM

GaryK,
Thank you, You have already seen it the other day, But I was asked to post it again. Boy thank you again. It sure is nice of you looking at the things made and posted here. I sure you remember the picture of my Barn Work Shop.
Tom

-- TNM

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Shopsmithtom

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#6 posted 05-23-2008 06:29 PM

If I had a bench that beautiful, I probably couldn’t bring myself to use it. I’d put it in my living room on display because it looks better than all my other furniture. Great job! -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Pipeman

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#7 posted 05-23-2008 06:37 PM

SST,
Thanks, Wood work is the one thing I sure like to do every day just like I also sure love to see the sun come up one miore day.
Tom

-- TNM

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gator9t9

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#8 posted 05-23-2008 06:49 PM

Oh my ..that is a really beautiful bench …..Chestnut Oak I had not heard of that Oak variety …So is Chestnut Oak prolific in your area …..
What a lovely stout looking bench yes …and the Shelf under is nice tooo .
thanks for the pix

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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tjscott

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#9 posted 05-23-2008 07:40 PM

That’s a great looking bench and it seems like it would become an heirloom given it will probably last 100 years. I took a look at your shop posting as well and it’s impressive as well. Have you lived on that land in Boone for a long time?

-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Texasgaloot

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#10 posted 05-23-2008 08:04 PM

Tom—

At the very least you are guilt-er… shaming-er… MOTIVATING some of us to get off the dime and build the benches that we’ve been dreaming about…

Tell us more about Chestnut Oak—I’m from Western New York, lived for a long time in Kentucky, and am now here in Texas. I have learned that there is a dizziying variety of oaks out there, but this one is new. (And cool.)

Thanks for sharing your hard work!

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

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Dan Pleska

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#11 posted 05-23-2008 09:13 PM

That is a beautiful workbench. I know I’m repeating the comment, but if the shoe fits…... I especially like the shelf and will do something similar when I make mine. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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Pipeman

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#12 posted 05-23-2008 10:27 PM

Dan Pleska,
Sure thank you for your kind words. I have 3 hard back books on workbench’s, but with that I just made it the way I think I would like it. Did not copy any disign from books. I am happy with the way it truned out.
Tom

-- TNM

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Pipeman

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#13 posted 05-23-2008 10:38 PM

Texasgaloot,
Thank you, I hope you get started on your Bench. Don’t let it take you 35 years. Chestnut Oak is my far the best looking Oak out there, the grain is unbelievable with great character..
Tom

-- TNM

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Pipeman

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#14 posted 05-23-2008 10:42 PM

Francisco Luna,
Just stay in the building, Thanks for your comments,
Tom

-- TNM

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Pipeman

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#15 posted 05-23-2008 10:53 PM

tjscott,
Thank you for looking at the bench, and you kind words, I have lived on this land only from the year 2000 after I build the Barn and a Home with 7000 Sq. Ft. that I build as well. I drew the plans from a blank piece of paper and built it myself, it took 14 months 7 days a week to complete. I have livesd in Boone sense the 1986 year was in Charlotte 25 Years and 20 in Florida before that. Woodworking is what I love to do.
Tom

-- TNM

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