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Project by Bruce posted 02-02-2014 02:21 PM 2266 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project about a year ago when I picked out some maple and poplar lumber at Almandinger’s Saw Mill near Columbus, OH. I also secured some 2 inch thick Poplar from Dan Pleska, a fellow woodworker & Lumberjock. Some of the work on it was really challenging, others were really easy, but it was all fun. The base is all poplar. The top is maple with walnut breadboard ends dovetailed to the maple. I really like that look. The end vise bench screw and round bench dogs i bought from Veritas. The top is 25 and 11/16 wide with a gap in the middle that i just have not measured yet. It is 59 3/4 inches long. It’s just right for the space it sits in. The end vise rides on some 1/4 inch thick aluminum rails. The top is 2 1/2 inches thick with 5 inch wide aprons. I flattened the top using Marc Spagnuolo’s technique and it went OK, but i needed to do some sanding…and more sanding…and more sanding. I’m using Watco’s Rejuvenating Oil on it. Thinking I’ll probably do 3 or 4 coats. I guess I have about $150.00 to $200.00 in materials.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 02:26 PM

That’s a great workbench and will be a wonderful addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#2 posted 02-02-2014 02:31 PM

That’s a grand substantial bench. Love the dovetailed ends.
Cheers

-- Glen

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 03:08 PM

That is a pretty solid and very nice looking workbench. I like the end vice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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lepelerin

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 03:17 PM

very nice bench, well done. I like the end vise

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 03:27 PM

real nice workbench – the dovetails are a great touch

-- Dick, Ohio

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 03:31 PM

Nice bench. Love the contrasting dovetails!

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 03:50 PM

Fantastic work Bruce, congrats on a fine build.

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 04:01 PM

Very nice looking dove tails!! great looking bench!!

-- Phil

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 04:07 PM

Well done. I like the dovetailed breadboards with the wood accents.

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

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489tad

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#10 posted 02-02-2014 04:37 PM

The bench looks great. Nice dovetail work.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 02-02-2014 05:29 PM

Great looking workbench, Bruce. The dovetails are a nice touch. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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#12 posted 02-02-2014 05:39 PM

Nice bench. Love the doves and I too will do something like this when I grow up. Love it1

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jinkyjock

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#13 posted 02-02-2014 06:52 PM

Good stuff Bruce, the Walnut/Maple contrast really sets it off, seems ALMOST a shame to mark it. Did you machine the dovetails or hand-cut them.

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#14 posted 02-02-2014 09:20 PM

nice work!

-- gdrwx

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Bruce

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#15 posted 02-02-2014 10:47 PM

Thanks everybody. No, I’m not good enough to hand cut dovetails. Even the machine work left a little to be desired. I would approach it much differently today! Every project is a learning experience. Thanks again.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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