Workbench #16: Done Enough

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Blog entry by Dan Wolfgang posted 06-22-2017 01:42 AM 2151 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m going to say the workbench is done. Eight feet long, 29” wide, 35” tall, and weighs about 300 pounds. It’s strong, stable, and flat. The vises move smoothly and clamp immovably tight. Six months, and I’d estimate about 250 hours. Actually using the bench has been awesome—having a tool of such quality and capability has already improved what I can do when working with wood. And it seems to work well for my son Patrick, too!

Well, maybe I should say the workbench is “done enough.” I didn’t drill any dog holes in the back slab yet, but I don’t yet have any holdfasts or other bench accessories that would use them. The sliding deadman doesn’t have any dogholes yet, either, but I’m a little uncertain about how I will clamp with that so I don’t want to drill any holes yet. I installed lever-activated wheels on two of the legs, to make the bench easier to move, but I think they look horrible so didn’t add them to the other two legs; engaging the two wheels make the bench movable, so maybe that’s enough. And I’m sure there will be some modification in the future!

Wood review—the bench includes:

  • Burrill “white fir”
  • Cherry
  • Soft maple
  • Hard maple
  • Red oak
  • White oak
  • Birch
  • Makore
  • Sapele
  • Walnut

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-22-2017 02:03 AM

That looks awesome and super useful.

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#2 posted 06-22-2017 02:09 AM

Sweet Dan! are you left handed? I ask because your leg vise is on the right :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 06-22-2017 10:38 AM

Very, very nice, Dan. I really enjoyed following this build. You did a great job and should be quite proud. Now go bang it up!

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#4 posted 06-22-2017 01:25 PM

Dan the bench came out great. You’re right not to drill any dog holes until you need them. Looks like your customer approves of the job :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 06-22-2017 02:12 PM

Congrats on finishing! I’m definitely behind in my bench build, but this is motivation to keep working.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#6 posted 06-22-2017 02:31 PM

Very, very nice!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#7 posted 06-22-2017 04:58 PM

Awesome build. Drill the dog holes as you need them. I have a bunch and stuff falls through.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Dan Wolfgang

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#8 posted 06-23-2017 01:33 AM

Thanks for all the comments and compliments, all! I am a lefty, yes, and so I built a mirror-image of the bench you typically see. In the photo with my son, study the shelf below the bench and you may also notice I have a left-handed shooting board, too!

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#9 posted 06-23-2017 02:29 AM

Nice looking bench, if a little big for my taste. 5-5.5 feet by 2 feet is perfect for me.

Lefties unite!

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