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Project by LeChuck posted 03-04-2013 03:40 AM 3363 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I already posted this in the big workbench thread but I might as well post it as a project.

The top was refurbished from an old doug fir top, which had to be planed flat and straightened. The vise had to be inset into the apron and received hardwood jaws. The handle is made from a cherry dowel and the end caps were turned on the lathe from the same wood as the jaws, which I’m still not sure if it’s mahogany or sapele.

The base is made of douglas fir as well and is all drawbored mortise and tenon joinery. Mortises were hand made. The pegs are walnut. The drawbore was interesting. I might have had too big of an offset in some cases and I had some difficulty with a few of them, but it all went on totally tight with no clamps at all.

It’s finished with Watco danish oil (natural) and I’m going to wax it in a few days for protection against glue spills (I can be messy with the glue).

I’m planning to build a drawer cabinet to go at the bottom, up to mid-height.

Dimensions of the top are 70.5×30x36 high.

Thanks for looking!

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 04:00 AM

Looks good David. Congrats on a fine bench build.

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 04:09 AM

Nice lookin’ bench, are you a hand-tool kinda’ guy?

I built Norm’s (New Yankee Workshop) bench, about 23 years ago. I’m working on some upgrades, but it is a sturdy bench. It has shaped my use of hand-planes and hand-tools.

Good luck, I think my bench is just about the most pivotal shop upgrade that I have added. I hope yours is good for you too.

-- dust control

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 04:10 AM

looks great, I like the ends on that vice handle!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 04:28 AM


Parkerdude, I’m not specifically a hand tools guy but I enjoyed getting more experience with this project, and it was nice to do more things without the noise, the dust collector running, and the respirator, and slow down a bit. Unfortunately my hands have not yet fully recovered from the mortise chopping and all the chiseling that went after that.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 03:48 PM

A great bench and heirloom all in one!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 09:31 PM

Looks amazing! You’ll love working with it.

Solid work

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 11:07 PM

Well done!
This bench will live to be an old antique.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 01:58 AM

why wouldn’t you want to post this as a project? its great

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

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 02:13 AM

Nice job!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#10 posted 03-05-2013 02:35 AM

Thanks for the comments! Really appreciate it.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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