a very simple paul sellers inspired workbench

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Project by arthurbvb posted 11-07-2013 08:10 PM 2494 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very simple workbench made of pine/spruce. All joints are wedged hand cut mortise and tenon joints. I cut the mortises by first drilling a hole with a hand auger in the middle of the mortise, then I chisel the rest out. This is very easy because the waste wood can go in the hole.
The vise is a small paramo with quick release. On the picture it is not yet finished the holes for the bench dogs are still missing. I use cheap plastic one because they don’t hurt my planes if you hit one
I made it from pine because it was my first workbench and wood is pretty expensive in the netherland. It is all made with hand tools. It was made from rough lumber which was dimensioned with a hand plane. I did sand it with an electric sander and the chamfer was made using the router.
My previous workbench was a workmate. It is a joy to work on my new workbench. It does not rack when I am planing.

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 08:27 PM

Great job

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 09:59 PM

A simple bench maybe but the joinery shows excellent craftsmanship in quite a sturdy build…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 11:20 PM

Agreed – well done!
I hope you get many wonderful projects from this bench

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 03:39 AM

Quite a step up from a workmate. I think a bench is in my future.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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