Benchtop Bench

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Inspired by “Fine Woodworking” magazine’s version. Top is made of cherry flooring and a douglas fir 4” x 6”. Legs and vise jaws made from juniper.

Top measure 12” x 24.75” x 2.25” and the dog holes are 3/4”. Finished with boiled linseed oil. This bench will raise my work off the bench about 8” and hopefully improve shop ergonomics.

-- Luke,

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#1 posted 03-28-2018 11:29 AM

Very nice work.

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#2 posted 03-28-2018 01:33 PM

That is a beautiful bench. May I ask what specific purpose it was made for? Thanks

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#3 posted 03-28-2018 02:28 PM

“That is a beautiful bench. May I ask what specific purpose it was made for? Thanks” – Curly Joe

I work with multiple medias in my shop (garage) and can’t justify building a traditional workbench yet. With this benchtop bench, I pull this out and clamp it to one of my work surfaces whenever I want to attempt a dovetail or butcher a mortise.

Plus it was a fun build that resulted in a product that I am proud of.


-- Luke,

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#4 posted 03-28-2018 03:13 PM

I’ve looked at those plans a few times and your efforts are making it very tempting!

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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#5 posted 03-28-2018 06:45 PM


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

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#6 posted 03-28-2018 09:10 PM

This benchtop bench has been done beautifully and it will be a fine addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 03-30-2018 03:06 AM

That is a beautiful bench. May I ask what specific purpose it was made for? Thanks

- Joe

Most are making them to raise the height of the working surface of a knuckle height bench built for heavy hand plane, and sawing use. With the low bench bending over and working on fine work like sawing, and chopping out DTs, it will kill your back. With the secondary bench it raises the height to a more comfy working height.

Plus the big added use is you have a capable bench for on the go work, say fitting trim in the house, or anything else where you aren’t working in the shop.

Nice bench OP

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#8 posted 03-30-2018 05:36 AM

Very nice!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 04-01-2018 12:48 AM

That’s cool. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#10 posted 04-01-2018 10:17 PM

very cool.

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