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Project by lightcs1776 posted 02-07-2014 04:45 AM 2892 views 9 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second bench. The first was for my wife’s lathe. This is made out of rough ash, planed to1” thick boards. I really enjoy ash as the grain looks great. It is a strong wood but not to hard for woodworking. I finished it in BLO, which I really like. The plans for this bench were modified from Stumpy’s Rubio bench plans. I’ll be adding holdfasts within a week or two.

Hope y’all enjoy the pictures of the progress.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **





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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 06:38 AM

Excellent! Very well built bench! It will provide many years of enjoyment.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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murch

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 08:13 AM

Nice bench. Looks very sturdy.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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lightcs1776

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#3 posted 02-07-2014 11:16 AM

Thanks, all. Stumpy’s plans make it fairly easy to build, which is critical for someone like myself.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 02-07-2014 11:52 AM

Way to go, Chris.
Great looking bench.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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lightcs1776

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#5 posted 02-07-2014 11:53 AM

Thanks, Gene!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 12:27 PM

Sweet…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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William

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 12:32 PM

Very nice.
I’ve been saying for about three years I was going to build a nice bench.
My bench is an old kitchen table with some throw together shelves built under it and some particle board screwed down to the top.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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VCF

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 12:42 PM

I’m in the same boat as William, I used a solid door slab.
Great job on your bench! I might need to steal that design. It looks like it will last forever.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture, https://sites.google.com/site/viethcustomfurniture/

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lightcs1776

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 01:24 PM

Thanks, guys. I probably would have made do with shelves or a slab door. I just couldn’t do anything with the hollow door, including creating holes for dog stops or mount a vice.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 02-07-2014 02:30 PM

Almost liking the bench. I don’t think the stretchers /rails are a good idea. How do you get close to it?
Also they won’t protect from racking. I know you have big tenons from the roubo style, but you need rails that are wide and in the middle to prevent racking. These at the bottom will not do it.

-- Jeff NJ

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lightcs1776

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 02:35 PM

Jeff, as I’m new to all of this, could you explain what you mean by having rails in the middle? Do you mean attached to the underside of the table or in the middle of the stretchers, connecting both sides? Thanks for the comments. Gives me some things to think about.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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49er

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 03:31 PM

Ash is one of my favorite woods. With the ash bore killing many trees it should be in plentiful supply.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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lightcs1776

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#13 posted 02-07-2014 03:38 PM

Mine, too, 49er. Hope they can find a way to stop the battle though, or we may eventually have a shortage.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#14 posted 02-07-2014 04:30 PM

Hey Chris, that is a fine looking bench. I’m not a fan either of putting the stretchers at the bottom of the legs, as Jeff stated above, but it looks like it will hold up well for many years to come. Enjoy it.

In these parts, we had so many sub-zero days, the experts believe we may have killed off up to 90% or so of the Ash borers. I hope so, it’s sad to see the Ash trees go the way of the Chestnut…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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lightcs1776

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#15 posted 02-07-2014 04:37 PM

Thanks, Jeff. I agree, the extra cold weather will be worth it if it helps keep the trees for many generations.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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