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Project by sgmdwk posted 443 days ago 3805 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been using a Workmate with a removable plywood work top for more than 20 years – through the latter half of an Army career, 10 years of civil service and two more of retirement. I found a good vice on sale a couple months ago, and today finished building a bench to hold it. I see many benches on LJ that are true works of art – mine isn’t. But it is really solid and rigid, and a vast improvement on my old workaround. The top is laminated from three layers of 3/4 inch oak plywood and is edged with oak that was part of an orderly room sign I rescued from a dumpster on Fort Lewis a couple years ago. The base is made from 2 X 6 studs. It is held together with a lot of glue and some 1/2 inch dowels. The only metal fasteners are the pocket screws holding on the top and the lag bolts for the vice. I finished the whole thing with a couple coats of Danish Oil and some wipe-on poly. I had no plans, just an image in my head, but I am pretty happy with the result. My old “bench” will move into peaceful retirement – just like its owner.

-- Dave K.





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RHC

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#1 posted 443 days ago

That is a beautiful bench! You sell yourself short, that is a work of art. I love the before/after pictures of the workmate and the new bench.

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MasterSergeant

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#2 posted 443 days ago

Thanks for your service and welcome to LJ’s!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Kevin

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#3 posted 443 days ago

Nice Bench, I also agree this is a work of art. Have fun with the new bench.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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BigRedKnothead

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#4 posted 443 days ago

Very nice bench. You made it sturdy and strong. I bet you use the heck out of it.

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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Sandra

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#5 posted 443 days ago

Very nice bench. All the better that you designed it yourself!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 442 days ago

very nice work looks sturdy enough to park a truck on!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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mikeroddy

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#7 posted 442 days ago

Good lucking bench. Very stout.

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TheWoodenOyster

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#8 posted 442 days ago

Awesome bench. That thing will serve you well and make things around the shop much easier and less frustrating. A good bench is one of the best ways to make a shop a more enjoyable space to work in.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Tedstor

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#9 posted 442 days ago

That thing is a BEAST!
Honestly, I’ve toyed with the idea of buildig a Roubo, as well as some other fancy designs. But when I finally get around to the build, I might just (shamelessly) knock-off your design.

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cutworm

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#10 posted 442 days ago

Looks great!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 442 days ago

Excellent job and story behind it!
Like yourself, I’m sure the bench will provide many years of faithful service.
Thank you for your service. It does not go unappreciated.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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SquintyPolock

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#12 posted 442 days ago

Super cool!

-- It's all in a day's work...

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NormG

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#13 posted 442 days ago

Wonderful bench. Remember, if it meets your needs and it works there is nothing wrong with any bench and/or any other item

-- Norman

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Nickdarr

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#14 posted 442 days ago

Echoing the others, that is a sturdy looking bench just waiting for many years of use. Hope the rest of your retirement goes as well as the bench turned out.

-- Darren

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Richard

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#15 posted 441 days ago

I think you had better beat it up a little before your Wife takes the Vice off of it and puts into Kitchen for a work Table for her.
If it came form a thought in your head to the final product I see here , it is Art.

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