Small Workbench

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Project by TobiasZA posted 09-08-2014 06:00 AM 6849 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this extra little bench for carving and inlay work. Made from Bubinga and African Mahogany. I originally wanted to make the deadman slide, but found that a slightly to the right of centre fixed position works very well due to the size of the bench.

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 01:26 PM

Im sure you will get lots of use from this work bench. I really like your design. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 01:39 PM

This is really nice. Did you use a set of plans or gleam from other designs? I am interested in your use of wood because that seems expensive, but I am guessing you are thinking long term use and or stability. What are some of the basic dimensions?

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 03:11 PM

Thanks Hoss. The idea was to come up with a small simple bench to either stand or sit at on a high -ish stool.

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 03:22 PM

Nice job. It will serve you for a long time.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 03:24 PM

Hi Dan
Thanks for your interest.

I did not use plans, just came up with it to fit a specific space and to perform a specific function. It doesn’t show it in the pic, but parallel to it is my main Hard Maple/African Paduak 7 foot bench with twin tail vises and shoulder vise (all wood screws).

With regard to the wood, I scored a couple of cubic meters of Bubinga a while back from a chap who was retiring. I also got quite a lot of Kiaat and Yellow wood from him. These are all great African timbers for furniture. I have seen that Bubinga has become popular in the USA in the last few years.

I had the wood in stock and nicely air dried, and always look to longevity when building most things so the African Mahogany for the legs and the Bubinga for everything else just worked out. The bench is 1500mm long by 830mm high by 540mm deep.

I am currently making 60 x Jorgensen style handscrews in three sizes. you will probably laugh, but the handles are Purpleheart and the jaws are Bubinga!! One must always use nice offcuts productively!


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#6 posted 09-08-2014 03:31 PM

Addition to previous post: You guys in the US are lucky to have Maple in abundance, here it is exhorbitantly priced whereas the African hardwoods are at least still within one’s budget.


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#7 posted 09-09-2014 03:47 AM

Thats flippin gorgeous dude

Wait a sec, African hardwoods are within your budget there and yet WE are the lucky ones?!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#8 posted 09-09-2014 06:42 AM

Hi Joseph

haha…..In my opinion you are. Maple, Spruce, Ash, Walnut, Cherry, Red and White Oak…......I wish I could work more in these species.

That said, we do have some really great local African timbers. If you are really interested in getting hold of African hardwoods, contact South African Rory Harcourt-Wood (thats his real name). he has been dealing in quality timber since the 70’s here in SA and has opened shop in the US. He is based in Maine. His local company here is and it is operated by his son Seamus. I would say that he has the very best range of African woods in the US.


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#9 posted 09-09-2014 07:02 AM

Wow!! My second Daily Top Three!!!

I am truly humbled. Thank you so much.


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#10 posted 09-10-2014 10:27 PM

very nice work – lots of great work to come from here!

-- Greg Simon

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#11 posted 09-11-2014 06:28 AM

Thanks Greg


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