Another Benchcrafted Shaker Workbench

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Project by CarterR posted 03-31-2014 07:21 PM 5803 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the Benchcrafted Shaker Bench following their exact plans. If you decide to embark on this journey I recommend you read their Construction Notes first. The only thing I changed is not adding the bottom platform. I liked the height and I did not need the bench to be an 1” higher.

Like everyone who has used Benchcrafted’s Vises, I have nothing but good things to say about them. Their customer service is great and when installed correctly the vises turn as smooth as butter. Installing the Criss Cross can be tricky, but once in you will never make a bench without one.

The top is 87” long X 25” wide. The top is coated with linseed oil, and the bottom is painted with General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint.

That beautiful cherry inlay on the top was a mistake. I did not enjoy making the square dog holes and once I finished them I went on to make the dead man slot. I finished the dead man slot and realized I did it on the wrong side. I did not want to make another set of dog holes and I was low on wood so I stuck a piece of scrap cherry in the void.

This is the carcass of the bench.

This is the carcass after I attached the frame.

Some more photos


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#1 posted 03-31-2014 09:20 PM

Looks might good from here. Well done! I think the cherry strip adds a nice touch even though you didn’t intend it that way.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 09:24 PM

I think that is a sweet bench and I really like the under storage as opposed to “open type” of benches. Very nice job!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 12:15 AM

Nice bench. I like the color of the base particularly.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 01:04 AM

Wow! I love the traditional look of the milk paint, especially on the dovetails. Nice work shake on!

-- --Denver-- Any society that will give up a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

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#5 posted 04-01-2014 12:22 PM

Beautiful Work! I agree the cherry gives a great unintended Accent!

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#6 posted 04-01-2014 12:51 PM

Great looking bench !

I wouldn’t say it’s “another” as you’ve made it one of a kind.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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

From one Benchcrafted Shaker bench owner to another, great job!

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 02:07 PM

Thanks Maniac Matt. The reason I said another is there is already a fellow LumberJocker who made one with the same title. I wanted to recognize that his was posted before mine. But you are right, even if you are following plans, every project has your own personal touch.


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#9 posted 04-01-2014 02:35 PM

wow, I love it!

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

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 02:59 PM

Love it. Everything about it. Love the blue cabnitry. Milk paint? Anybody would be proud to own one of these. Great job.

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 04:56 PM

Great bench man. Is the back 3/4” ply with the v-grooves – like they suggest in the plans? Also, are you pleased with the drawer slides? I’ve read the construction notes a few times so I’m familiar with the plans. I’m hoping to build one soon. Again, great job.

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#12 posted 04-01-2014 05:29 PM

Buck, I did not do the v grooves because I knew my bench would be against a wall so I would not look at the back. I did use 3/4” ply and the grooves could easily be added at any point and would make it look better. The wooden drawer slides work well, with some paste wax they should work better. I am happy to give some advice if you have any questions during the build, the directions can sometimes be vague.


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#13 posted 05-15-2014 06:13 PM

great build!!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 05-15-2014 06:24 PM

Beautiful bench. The cherry is a perfect touch. Mistakes often beautify a project. In fact, tell your friends it was really difficult, and you knew it would be, but it was a design element that you were willing to do the extra work for.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#15 posted 06-13-2014 01:33 AM

Great bench… Needs a smackdown tag!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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