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Project by john2005 posted 118 days ago 1959 views 19 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally done!!! I had started this late Sept, but with a toddler and another on the way, time is hard to come by.
I’ll give you the basics, but for a full recap (kinda) I will refer you to my blog .
The species are birch (just plain old paper birch) and walnut (most of which was castoff at the local yard Good buy) The dimensions are 81 1/2” long, 27 1/4”deep and 35 1/2” tall. The leg vise is supposed to resemble a lever cap.
I used Boatman53 chain drive on the vise leg. Awesome. I cannot say enough nice things about it. Easy to set up, easy to operate. Nice clean look. I like it a lot.
LJ widdle had the awesome idea for the anti-racking device. He has named it the Widdleracker and so it shall be called.
Just Danish oil on it for a finish, also advised by LJ’s
I owe a lot of to LJ’s on this one. I had received a lot of advice, motivation, support and ideas from the boys over at the smackdown thread. Red, Andy, Scott, Kevin just to name a few. Good peeps here. A big thanks to all.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. !

Here is where we started

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r500/Lewing7/Projects/Bench/1021131807.jpg!


Weapons of choice for the tenons.

Got a little off in the glue up. I had planned to be 82” long. I am sure I will need that 1/2” someday….

P.S. birch loves to tear, even with a sharp blade. #4 with a back bevel was the only way to win that one. (sorry no pic of that event)

The Widdleracker

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.





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CL810

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#1 posted 118 days ago

It’s been fun following your build John. And it turned out great! We expect a Bondo when your newbie arrives.

Love the Widdleracker.:-).

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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Slyy

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#2 posted 118 days ago

Said it before John: fantastic build. As I guy that still has yet to build his bench it was great fun following the build!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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MW_Woodworking

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#3 posted 118 days ago

Nice bench. I love the walnut stripes down the middle, what a great idea!

-- Matt ~ "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything.” - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898), author

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 118 days ago

John, more than a home run, a grand slam! Well done. Widdle owes you a royalty on the product name.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Wolfdaddy

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#5 posted 118 days ago

That is a really nice bench! Well done!

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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mike1950

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#6 posted 118 days ago

Very nice bench and wood combo

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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kiefer

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#7 posted 118 days ago

That certainly is PURDY !
Well built and attractive bench with a good wood combination .

-- Kiefer 松

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Airframer

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#8 posted 118 days ago

That is one sweet looking bench John! Very nice work!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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PAJA

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#9 posted 118 days ago

Hey neighbor. Love the contrasting colors, turned out beautiful! The plastic tools by your tools is a pretty sweet thing too. Now that that beast is done, what’s the next project to use it for?

-- PAJA - Zootown, Montana "It's the Indian, not the arrow"

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blackcherry

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#10 posted 118 days ago

With two little ones time will be short live in the shop, but you could use as a changing table til more time arrives…lol been there done that. You’ll have this beauty to pass on because it a beast of a bench enjoy your new bench and your new family. Great work on your bench it speaks volume on your skill level…BC

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CFrye

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#11 posted 117 days ago

Great bench, John! Nice detail on the lever cap vise.

-- God bless, Candy

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widdle

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#12 posted 117 days ago

Awesome..Boatman’s chain vise set up looks sweet..soo does the chain keep the chop parallel , is that what it does ?

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kdc68

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#13 posted 117 days ago

Handsome bench…..well done ….thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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MalcolmLaurel

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#14 posted 117 days ago

That’s almost too pretty to actually use…

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/MalcolmLaurel

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Pezking7p

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#15 posted 117 days ago

I missed the part where you glued up the top that way. Very cool.

Also, your widdleracker is one of the coolest pieces of walnut I’ve ever seen.

-- -Dan

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