Got down, sat on a bench!

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Project by Philip posted 11-22-2013 03:25 AM 3452 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And in the opposing corner…at over 300 pounds (I’m sure…) with a 6’ reach…

Kidding aside, this bench really knocked me out. I’m positive when I say that this bench will last my lifetime and hopefully more.

For those interested in getting more detail, you can read all about the construction in my blog. I must warn you though… your eyes may glaze over at the amount of detail that went into this bench. And the blog is the sparknotes version, for those really interested- I’m sure we could discuss this thing for quite some time. Some of the features are:

1- Recycled maple butcherblock that was going to be thrown out.
2- Plans taken from many sources of inspiration, vises from a FWW article referencing Mike Dunbars bench.
3- Walnut veneer to cover up the butchered wedge block nuts for the vises.
4- More dog holes than you could ever need (it’s upwards of 50..)
5- Router insert, saber saw insert.
6- T-track and miter bar track for fence, guides, jigs and clamps.
7- Lower level that will have drawers/storage.
8- Upper level to store tools at hand.
9- 16 bed bolts to make the base collapsable for moving.
10- 20 very large tenons and 20 very large mortises.

Things to decide for the future:

1- Just how many drawers?
2- Bolted to the floor or on casters?
3- Home made version of wonder-dog/pup clamps (will need many)
4- Permanent box construction on the bottom or removable totes?
5- Sliding dead man, will I even need one?
6- Steam bending strap storage…
7- Puppets for spring pole turning…

And we could go on! The best thing is that it’s done, and now we can get to work!

-- I never finish anyth

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 03:51 AM

Sweet bench Philip.
You should be very proud.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 04:35 AM

That is so awesome! So much time and effort, hope you get many many years of work out of it.

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 04:58 AM

WOW! This design is spectacular.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 11-22-2013 09:02 AM

Wonderful bench and craftsmanship Phillip. Also great that you made it from recycled wood. Have fun and I’m looking forward to seeing all the projects that will be built on it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-22-2013 11:49 AM

Terrific bench, use it well.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 02:32 PM

Very nice work man. Looks very versital and sturdy.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 04:19 PM

A job well done Philip! Now … do you have a project lined up to use that beautiful addition in your very organized workshop?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 11-22-2013 09:06 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Elaine, I do plan to make some things now that the bench is finished. I’m going to start small though, finish my spokeshave and make some other hand tools.

-- I never finish anyth

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#10 posted 12-08-2013 10:03 PM

Yes it truly became a gem.
What is that light on the left in the shop?
What a wonderful place to spend time playing with wood, now at your super cool personal bench.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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