Wyko bench

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Project by HumidorMinister posted 08-22-2013 11:39 PM 5321 views 37 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I say Wyko because it’s my last name and I didn’t really follow one particular bench style. Starting from the floor up, I added Teflon feet so it could be moved fairly easily but would also stay put when under pressure. I built the base from doubled up 8/4 curly maple with through tenons for the stretchers. For a little accent I added ebony plugs over the screws that lock the loose tenon at the base. The top is made from hard maple & waterfall Bubinga veneer over 8/4 Bubinga for the skirt. Under the skirts edge I routered a groove for a “T” track to hold a leg for longer projects should I need it. I thought this would be nicer than a bunch of unsightly holes in the beautiful figured wood. For Vises I went with what I feel are the best I could find, Veritas. I used a twin screw with the extension kit, one of the new quick release bench front vises & one of the new quick release tail vises. Not only do these things work amazingly well, they were easy to install too. There truly is a difference when you go from a cheap import vise to a well engineered, designed by woodworkers, woodworking vise. By far worth every penny. BTW when I was researching vises for my particular needs, The wonderful people at Veritas were extremely helpful in making sure I got what I really needed for the diverse type of work we do. As far as its size, this thing is big, 7’1”x 35”x38” tall. I’m 6’4” so I like a tall bench. In the tool tray we added some cubby’s at either end for bench dog storage. The ramps up either side make sweeping the tool tray a breeze. I’m going to sign the bottom with instructions for every owner to do the same in the future, that way it will have a history of its owners long after I’m gone. Anyway, please enjoy my friends. I’ll be adding a couple more pics soon.

My workbench Smackdown contribution. 8-)

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 11:43 PM

WOW! WOW! WOW!!! Amazing work! Enjoy

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 11:44 PM

That is really beautiful. I’d be afraid of working on it.

-- Dave K.

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#3 posted 08-22-2013 11:51 PM

Bill, nice bench, you will really enjoy working on it ! the little cubby’s are cool !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 12:11 AM

Suppa’ tight!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 12:16 AM

Sweet piece of work, BUT, set the bar too high! The joinery is beautiful and I love the bubinga apron. Well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 08-23-2013 12:17 AM

holy smokers!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 12:18 AM

Great looking bench. I’ve always loved Waterfall Bubinga in WorkBenches.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 08-23-2013 12:26 AM

Thanks very much everyone. Karson, you must have plucked that right out of my mind or sent me a subliminal message, that’s exactly what I want to build under this thing in the near future. Absolutely beautiful my friend.

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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#9 posted 08-23-2013 12:59 AM

Very Nice!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#10 posted 08-23-2013 01:00 AM

Great looking bench Bill. Almost to nice to use. Thanks for posting a pic for us to see.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 08-23-2013 01:09 AM

You have complete one nice looking and functional work bench. You will have many years of service from this bench

-- Norman

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#12 posted 08-23-2013 01:20 AM

Stunning workbench…wow….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 08-23-2013 01:27 AM

I find this bench more attractive than all the girls ive dated (before my wife; cya). Friggin awesome.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#14 posted 08-23-2013 02:35 AM

Love the wedged through tenons! And I love Chrisstefs’ comment too haha! Nice work sir!

-- DirkEdmundMichigan/

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#15 posted 08-23-2013 03:28 AM

I would put that in the living room and tell guests its modern art dininng table with orange juice squeezer.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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