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Project by beaudex posted 07-07-2008 02:34 PM 3482 views 7 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first large scale project (and my pride and joy right after my son). I have heard people say that the woodworking bench is the project which you must complete to be considered for journeyman status. Having completed my own I have to say that this is a good gauge. Building and designing a peice of this ‘magnitude’ accurately can be very difficult. If there is enough interest from LJ community I will blog about the whole process.

Highlights of the peice:

Wood:
Base : Red Oak and White Ash and oak plywood
Top : Brown Maple and Cherry

All joints are mortised and pinned with brass rods, full extension drawer sides for the dovetailed drawers. The tail vise is hand cut dovetails.

Interesting story about the ash, we had a hurricane (Juan) come through about 4-5 years ago (very unusual for around here) I managed to salvage a little of the wood and am kicking myself now for not getting more. However the ash was part of my haul. This was the first peice of wood that I ever had milled and made anything out of, very interesting to see it go from tree to lumber through the drying process and then to a finished piece.

Hope you enjoy!!

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design





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Marcel T

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 02:47 PM

I love the dovetails in the first photo! Great job!

I remember Juan…what a mess that was! I had to be evacuated to the Sportsplex, part of my apartment buildings roof was blown off.

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Mike Robinson

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 03:04 PM

That’s a workbench? Looks more like a piece of furniture to me Derek. Beautiful work. Where did you get the design from? Your own or plans? A nice bench is on my “someday to do” list.

Cheers
Mike

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 03:10 PM

You will have years of enjoyment using that bench – nicely done

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 03:41 PM

awesome workbench! i love the picture of the dovetails! that’ll serve you for many, many years to come!

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Chris

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#5 posted 07-07-2008 03:49 PM

Derek,

I for one would appreciate a blog on the entire process. Especially since this is an effort that I need to undertake.

BTW: TedM is from your neck of the woods..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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TedM

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 03:51 PM

Great job! A fine piece of shop furniture!

And yes, I too remember Juan well. In fact I’m still cleaning up the mess! :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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SPalm

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 03:52 PM

Sweet. What a fine piece or work. I can feel the inpsiration from here. It must be a joy to work in front of it.

Your dovetails are over the top, but you knew that. You have every right to be so proud. I am humbled.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 07-07-2008 03:59 PM

Fantastic! What else is there to say?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Nick Solimine

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#9 posted 07-07-2008 04:14 PM

Well done. I love the dovetail work.

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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Callum Kendall

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#10 posted 07-07-2008 04:57 PM

Great workbench!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Texasgaloot

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#11 posted 07-07-2008 05:23 PM

Have you filled out your Journeyman application? Excellent bench!

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

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SteveKorz

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#12 posted 07-07-2008 06:04 PM

That is terrific! I really like the dovetail photo, that is very cool. You should blog the process on how to cut those. Great Job!!!

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-07-2008 08:13 PM

Hi Derek;

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

Are you crazy?

Of course we want to see it!

The pictures look fantastic!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#14 posted 07-07-2008 10:17 PM

very nice mate

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#15 posted 07-07-2008 11:41 PM

Awesome work bench! Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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