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Project by dbray45 posted 01-06-2014 04:26 PM 1799 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I have built 6 or 7 benches up to now, all of them gave me different options. This one will be modified in the future as well, I have no doubt. This bench is special in several ways:

The wood was from a co-worker’s tree. I told him how to have it milled, how to dry it, and I finished the drying process.

It is a beautiful piece of lumber – QS red oak

All of the benches that I have made are higher, great for assembly but not good for using hand tools.

It is very solid and an excellent way to practice mortise and tenon joints in large scale. Since the top is a solid slab of wood, not laminated, I did not use the through dovetail approach.

Thanks for looking.

-- David in Damascus, MD





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yuridichesky

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 04:36 PM

Great workbench!

Any practical reason to separate tool tray into two parts?

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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CL810

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 05:06 PM

Awesomeness! Man oh man, how cool is a slab top?!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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CL810

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 05:10 PM

Awesomeness! Man oh man, how cool is a slab top?!

Be sure to tag this project with “smackdown.”

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 05:13 PM

That will be a great addition to your shop and will give you many years of service.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Mauricio

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 05:15 PM

Very nice bench David!

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

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dbray45

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 05:53 PM

Many thanks guys

Yuri – yes, it turned out that the piece used as the floor of the tool tray (a left over piece of cherry flooring) was too short, now I have 2 trays. One for screws, the other for tools – aint life grand???

-- David in Damascus, MD

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paxorion

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 06:02 PM

Very nice

-- paxorion

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clarkey

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 09:50 PM

Gorgeous bench.

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Don W

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#9 posted 01-07-2014 12:29 AM

Excellent bench.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Bigromo

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 12:56 AM

What were your instructions for drying the slab, and how long did it take for one that thick?

-- Bigromo

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dbray45

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 12:48 PM

It is a bench that will last a few years.

This is red oak so it is fairly porous. He has it stickered every 2’ with 1” stickers and a weighted plastic tarp over the top and loosely around the sides. The wood has been air drying for a year to get down to the 15-18%. From there, I put it in my basement where I have a dehumidifier and I bring it down to 5%, which takes several months. The 4” x 4” posts take 6 months to dry.

Before you stack wood outside, it has to be off the ground and a good sheet of plastic under everything to keep ground moisture and bugs out.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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mafe

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 02:37 PM

Wonderful bench and what a wonderful piece of wood.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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dbray45

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 12:34 PM

Many thanks Mads

-- David in Damascus, MD

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PJ72

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#14 posted 02-28-2014 02:31 AM

Awesome bench and great build. Thanks for sharing.

-- PJ

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