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01-25-2016 01:45 AM

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Completed my Benchcrafted Shaker Workbench today. It took a long time – started it in April 2015. It was an ambitious project – probably my most ambitious so far and I learned a lot of new things in the process. For one, I bought a couple of new Lie Nielsen hand planes and used these extensively to process the rough lumber. The hand planes definitely improved my ability to process rough lumber and obtain straight boards. Also discovered Spax wood screws and lag screws – these worked great and not sure that I’ll go back to anything else.

The cabinet is made using plywood and poplar and the benchtop is 2 1/8” thick hard maple. Leg vise and deadman are also made with maple. I used Benchcrafted leg and tail vise hardware and shaker bench plans. I also included a set of workbench casters from Woodcraft just in case I need to move it as everything in my shop is on wheels.

The plans from Benchcrafted were excellent although a bit overwhelming. These are not like your typical magazine plans. The plans were delivered on 20” x 30” paper in six pages. They also had plenty of PDF docs available from the website, including a written construction notes for the bench itself and thorough instructions for both the leg and tail vise hardware installation. All the measurements were exact, which made the build a pleasure.

Overall, I’m very happy with the way that the new bench came out. Here are a few pics.

Thanks for looking!

-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks -

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 01:48 AM

Looks nice. I almost built a roubo similar to that but ultimately decided that large, flat tables were better suited to the commercial jobs I tackle. The older style benches sure do look better.

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 04:47 AM

Brian, that is totally beautiful and a real testament to your skill. I have struggled with the options of Shaker or Roubo? You’ve added another element to the question. Than you for posting such a fantastic bench.

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#3 posted 01-25-2016 02:37 PM

I like that! I have a small shop so I really need to combine storage and workbench.

Quick question, does the bench sit on some type of feet or just the base? I would think it needed some type of feet to accommodate for uneven floors.

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#4 posted 01-25-2016 02:43 PM

hotbyte, you can see some detailed pics of the feet that I built into the bench here (scroll down toward the bottom of the page).

It doesn’t accommodate unlevel floors very well so I have placed a wedge under one foot for now. Seems to work fine so that may be all that I’ll need – I’ll see.

-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks -

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#5 posted 01-25-2016 03:05 PM

Thanks Brian! I have some old pine “construction” material that measure 3X4 to 4X6 saved from some renovations to our 1895 home that I really wanted to use for a base but I don’t think I have enough for a Roubo style base. I’m pretty sure I have enough to incorporate into this bench for the legs, deadman and deadman rail. I might could even do face frame and leave it natural.

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#6 posted 01-25-2016 03:07 PM

Wow that is a fantastic bench. I love the color that you picked also for the drawers. Made the top pop nicely

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 01-25-2016 03:25 PM

Well done Brian. You get the prize for today. NAHHH! No prize. I was just foolin’, but the bench is great.


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#8 posted 01-25-2016 03:31 PM

Nicely done!

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#9 posted 01-25-2016 04:46 PM

That’s a very nice bench and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 01-25-2016 04:55 PM

Very well done. I hope to do one similar in the not too distant future.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#11 posted 01-25-2016 06:22 PM

Awesome bench!

-- Barry,

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#12 posted 01-25-2016 06:34 PM

That is one handsome workbench and I love the green.


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#13 posted 01-25-2016 07:46 PM

Outstanding looking bench as well as beautiful joinery. Nicely done.

Think about posting this over on the workbench smackdown thread.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#14 posted 01-26-2016 12:17 AM

Very nicely done, what a beautiful bench!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 01-26-2016 02:47 AM

Perfect. Looks outstanding.

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