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Project by Branden posted 10-13-2008 05:59 AM 6527 views 28 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All, it’s been a long time!

For those of you who knew I was building this, here it is a year later! I started it just after my daughter was born and did not realize how much my time for woodworking would decrease. Now I have a good reason to escape to the shop more often.

This bench was a lot of fun to build! I researched hundreds of designs for the last few years and then discovered this one. I replicated the design from Lon Schleining and his 2004 book, ”The Workbench: A Complete Guide to Creating Your Perfect Bench”, Taunton Press. Lon was also kind enough to consult with me over e-mail as I moved through construction. It is almost an exact replica except I used some Jatoba inlays for the top and vices and Lon actually took the time to create hand-cut dovetails for the aprons, something I have not perfected yet. I used my Inca-Jig.

What you might find most interesting is that 75% of the wood used was salvaged. I work for a housing program at a local University and we were about to take a load of wood to the dump. The top is an old 2” thick maple food prep table from the dining commons and the base of the bench is old oak butcher block lounge chairs and maple bed rails that were resawn and glued. The base is all solid wood, no hardware, as the plans called for through mortises with wedge reinforcements. The only wood I purchased was for the aprons, front vice and twin screw vice. All vice hardware and bench dogs are from Veritas.

Although it was a long process and sometimes painful, I would not hesitate to build another one! I’ll also look to updating my website soon now that I am getting into the shop more often.

Don’t hesitate to drop me a message if you have any questions!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 06:12 AM

Nice Bench Branden. I’m working out a design for one and might have some questions soon.

Your not too far away.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 06:21 AM

What a wonderful bench. Looks to nice to scratch up!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 11:12 AM

A beautiful and most importantly rock-solid workbench.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 11:55 AM

Very nice work bench!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 10-13-2008 11:58 AM

Gee Wiz, i would be frightened to use this perfect bench. send fotos after hard use. its stunning

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 12:38 PM

Outstanding work, pretty enough to put in the house, and functional enough to use in the shop! Well done!

-- -=Den

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#7 posted 10-13-2008 02:39 PM

Great save on the salvaged wood!

Now, c’mon….. are you really going to use this beautiful thing and risk scratching it up? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 10-13-2008 02:44 PM

Beautiful bench. Very nice contrast of woods and the dovetails look great.

-- Scott in Texas

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Rob Drown

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#9 posted 10-13-2008 03:13 PM

Beautiful, very nice work. Do you have more pictures? I’m building one similar to it. You are close. I’m in Roseville

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 10-13-2008 03:23 PM

Great bench. If you would like to build me one I would not care to pay for shipping. LOL!!!!!!!

-- F.Little

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#11 posted 10-13-2008 03:52 PM

Very nice bench. Good score on the used wood, too! People sometimes don’t realize just how much work it takes using used wood. Great job! I echo Jaxx’s comment. I would be too hesitant to use such a beautiful bench.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 10-13-2008 06:22 PM


Hey, what finish did you use?

Thanks for posting!


-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Don Newton

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#13 posted 10-13-2008 06:57 PM

I guess my wife was right….you can do a better job if you take your time. Nice bench!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#14 posted 10-13-2008 10:46 PM

Gorgeous looking bench. I’m a big fan of Mr. Schleining. Does it do the job you believed it would? Any changes you might make on a version 2? How about working height? Again, gorgeous execution. Can’t kick about the money for wood either. Gotta love that.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#15 posted 10-13-2008 10:57 PM

Very well done looks good enough to eat .As nice a bench as you’ll find how exactly did he help you with the dovetails ? And what incra jig do you have? please tell Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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