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BrianNH

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07-27-2015 01:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bench workbench benchcrafted

Finally making some good progress on my new workbench. Over the winter, I decided to build a new Benchcrafted Shaker Bench using the Benchcrafted hardware. So far, the carcass is complete and finished and I’m ready to start working on the benchtop and vices. So far, so good and I’m learning a lot in the process even though I’ve been woodworking for 20+ years – this is a great project and will be awesome once it’s done. If you’d like to read more and see more pics, check out my full writeup on my website.

Thanks for looking!

Brian

-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks - http://www.snowdogwoodworks.com


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#1 posted 07-27-2015 02:11 AM

Damn Brian, That base is awesome! So looking at it I’m thinking you put a primer coat on before the green paint. I love it. I did something similar of a Christmas stand base years ago. I’ve been struggling trying to decide between a shaker base like yours of a regular leg base. Your making it all the harder. I totally love you base.

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BadJoints

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#2 posted 07-27-2015 04:56 AM

Love the look of that base. The variation in the color of the paint really says, this is meant to do work with. What sort of finishing process and colors did you use?

-- Producing furniture grade firewood since 1984

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#3 posted 07-27-2015 01:26 PM

Thanks for the feedback – much appreciated!

I have more pics and full details of the finishing products and process on my website – see link in the original post. In a nutshell, it was two coats of watered down milk paint followed by a light coat of walnut gel stain and then top-coated with one coat of satin poly. No primer coat as I was hoping to let some of the grain show through, although the watered down milk paint ended up being fairly opaque. Wasn’t as close a match to the Benchcrafted Shaker Bench color as I had hoped, but overall, I think that the finish goes nicely with the black hardware. Can’t wait to get going on the top as I think that the Maple will contrast nicely.

-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks - http://www.snowdogwoodworks.com

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BadJoints

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#4 posted 07-28-2015 01:19 AM

Just noticed the door on the end, what are you going to use that space for?

-- Producing furniture grade firewood since 1984

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#5 posted 07-28-2015 11:32 AM

The space behind the door on the end traditionally leaves room for a “parallel guide” that’s part of a classic leg vise. But since I’m using the Benchcrafted hardware including their CrissCross, I won’t need a parallel guide. The leg vise screw will extend into this area in the upper portion, but that will leave a bit more storage space for odds and ends when I’m done in the lower half of this cabinet. The more storage space, the better in my shop!

-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks - http://www.snowdogwoodworks.com

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BadJoints

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#6 posted 07-28-2015 01:25 PM

Are you going to add more meat behind the front of that panel then? I’d think it’s way too thin to support the bc hardware.

-- Producing furniture grade firewood since 1984

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#7 posted 07-28-2015 01:33 PM

That’s a nice base and it will be good to see how the top works out. 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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#8 posted 07-28-2015 04:44 PM

BadJoints, yes there will be more “meat” coming to support the BenchCrafted hardware. For the Leg Vise, I’ll actually be attaching a 3” thick piece of hard maple to the bench on the left end that will comprise the “leg” portion of the vise. The chop portion will also be similar thickness.

-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks - http://www.snowdogwoodworks.com

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