Workbench Build #23: Wrapping it up

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Blog entry by Mark Kornell posted 12-28-2014 04:14 AM 4310 reads 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(Edit: I’ve posted this as a project, too. Here.)

This will be the final blog post of my bench build.

There wasn’t much left to do. I finished the shaping of the chop and deadman, which mostly involved adding roundovers, fairing curves and sanding. Then I applied a coat of Waterlox:

To assist with grip, it helps to add a facing of leather to the inside of the chop. Fortunately, part of the Benchcrafted package.

Sized almost perfectly. Roughed up the chop face and applied the leather with a bit of contact cement later.

Cut the chop pin for the Crisscross to length. Enough to recess it about 1/16” on each side.

Put the deadman in place

And the chop

Here they are together. Already accessorizing…

Here’s closeups of how I blended the curves at the top of the chop. Was done with a rasp. Awesome tool!

And then levelled the front board and endcaps to the rest of the slab.

At this point, I’m calling it done. The top needs to be flattened at some point, but it is close enough to flat that I can defer that task to get to some more pressing projects.

And some overall pics of the bench:

And, of course, the Bondo pose:

The overall dimensions ended up being 33 1/2” high, 99” wide (long?) and 25” deep. The slab is 3 15/16” thick and the legs are 5 11/16” square.

I uploaded my SketchUp model to the warehouse – here's the link

Most of us will only build one bench like this in a lifetime (that’s my plan, at least) and I know that I’d do some things differently. While I haven’t yet used the bench much, I don’t know if I’d end up with a significantly different result, though. I think I’ve covered off all the basic requirements and it is something I can’t ever see outgrowing.

It has been an interesting process, documenting my bench build step-by-step. Sometime I think I’ve been a bit too wordy or have too many pics, while at the same time thinking I’m not showing the right details. Thanks to all who have read parts of this. And my apologies to all who have suffered through the entire thing.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 04:18 AM

Awesome! It was fun watching this build and you did an incredible job. Thanks for posting.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#2 posted 12-28-2014 05:43 AM

Applause! That looks great, Mark!

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang,

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 12:06 PM

Very sweet bench, unbelievable craftsmanship and a great read. Thank you so very much for sharing!

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 12:42 AM

Now comes the moment of truth, when the first errant (unavoidable deep scar occurs) ... thats when the real work, using the bench as a tool occurs. I know you gonna love using this for a long long time.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 01:53 AM

Mark, Awesome bench. I really enjoyed your detailed build. I know it is a lot of work to document it all. Thank you for sharing the journey! AJ

-- AJ

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#6 posted 12-29-2014 02:17 AM


Thanks for taking the time to document this bench. The deadman is a nice standout addition. My first real bench was just done using 2×6 framing lumber. Reading through your build has me thinking about my bench and what I could do different when I do build another one. The biggest difference I will have is to use a full leg vice. Benchcrafted is just in town and I will be looking at getting some of the hardware from there.

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 10:33 PM

Great bench. Well done.


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#8 posted 01-02-2015 06:23 PM

Outstanding, Mark. I followed this with great interest.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 01:00 AM

Awesome blog and turned out awesome. One day, i keep telling myself, i shall get my bench built.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#10 posted 01-28-2017 02:07 PM

Very impressive.

-- Shawn, Houston Texas

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#11 posted 01-28-2017 02:13 PM

Sweet, It will inspire the user to do fine quality work

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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