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The Not-So-Big/Essential Workbench

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Project by RazedGrain posted 335 days ago 3793 views 25 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally done!! :) Well has been for a few weeks but haven’t posted yet.

Those of you who have built Workbenches can understand the awesomeness and immense satisfaction from such a huge project. This was a bear to tackle but it feels so good to have it finished. On and off, Nights, weekends etc, for 5 months this has been my baby. Coming from using a sheet of whatever on top of some shady sawhorses or whatever somewhat horizontal surface I could find, this is such an upgrade it just can’t be described.

I don’t own (or have the space for) a jointer, so I flatten and square edges with hand planes. Not having a vice of any kind before, this makes life SOO much easier!

It incorporates several ideas from several sources. The two biggest were fine woodworking’s “The Not So Big Workbench” and “The Essential Workbench” hence the name. Credit to them for the nice design. The wagon vise design I owe some props to Mauricio. Very similar to his thanks for the inspiration. I really didn’t want a shoulder vise screw sticking out the end of the bench so this solution was awesome.

The base as well as the majority of the top is construction grade lumber from the BORG. Used 2×10’s and ripped out the pith in the middle ending up with 90% quatersawn boards. Apron, end caps, vises, and dog strip are from hard maple and roasted maple. The drawer boxes and drawers are all from Baltic Birch..man is that stuff expensive!

A few warts on it no doubt as I am still fairly new to this craft, but all in all I couldn’t be happier with it. I learned a lot from the construction, and while I don’t intend this to be my last bench, it will serve me very well for the years to come.

Thanks for looking :)

-- - Jeff - Hamilton, ON, Canada





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iminmyshop

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#1 posted 335 days ago

Looks awesome. Enjoy it. Can’t wait to see the projects made on it.

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SquintyPolock

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#2 posted 335 days ago

That’s a real proper bench! Very nice looking and solid.

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

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sras

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#3 posted 335 days ago

Nice combination of designs!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 335 days ago

Looks really nice and functional too. I like the row of dog holes with the accenting wood. Just how small is your not-so-big bench?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 335 days ago

That’s more than a mere bench—that is a work of art.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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RazedGrain

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#6 posted 335 days ago

thanks for the kind words :) Its already got some wear marks and sharpening stains, but if its going to be around a while I wanted it to be pretty :)

@Don Broussard: it is 63” long. I don’t foresee having to work more than 4’, except in rare occasions and if you saw the size of my little paradise its really fairly large! lol

-- - Jeff - Hamilton, ON, Canada

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James Lango

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#7 posted 335 days ago

Nice bench! Lots of hours in her. Looks great

-- Longovette@Roadrunner.com

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ErikF

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#8 posted 335 days ago

She is a beauty.

-- Power to the people.

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mbs

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#9 posted 335 days ago

Great bench. It will last a lifetime.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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exelectrician

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#10 posted 335 days ago

Simply beautiful attention to detail – Now go put some real oops! scars on it and you will get over how nice it is and get real work done, and done right!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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bobasaurus

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#11 posted 335 days ago

Fantastic bench! The lamination colors and apron dovetails really make the top stand out. The sliding deadman looks especially useful… someday I’ll make a fine bench like this for myself.

-- Allen, Colorado

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DirkEdmund

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#12 posted 335 days ago

I was trying to imagine what my perfect workbench looked like, and then….Poof! Here it is… Really nicely done!

-- DirkEdmundMichigan/www.dirkedmund.com

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wardus1973

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#13 posted 335 days ago

Wow! Very nice bench build! I would very much like to hear more about your vice solution as I am in the process of building a new bench from scratch in the paul sellers style. But I would like to have a wagon type of vice on the end like you have.

Thanks for sharing your work of art.

-- Ward, Ottawa ON

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douglbe

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#14 posted 335 days ago

Very nice! The dove tails look fantastic! You’ll have years of pleasure working on that beauty.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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cutmantom

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#15 posted 335 days ago

looks like all the bench anyone could want, using it will determine what you would do differently in the next bench, excellent job

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