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Project by garysharp posted 11-23-2008 03:32 AM 7553 views 25 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my main workbench for most work. It was based on a 1976 FWW #4 article by Tage Frid. I had made five before for me and three other people and then three after this one. It is made of maple and weights about 500#. It is made for a right handed person as I am. It is 35.5” high. The ten drawers are all different woods and joints. They are all finished with oil which gives a darker look. The tool storage bench in the shop pictures are finished with super blonde shellac which gives lighter and brighter colors. Each drawer has a different type joint, some are finger and some are power cut dovetails. It has four vices each lined with leather. The tool tray is 3.5” deep but fills level when the insert is installed. The rack on the back holds eight rulers up to six feet long.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#1 posted 11-23-2008 03:53 AM

Not a bad looking Bench there.

I would love to have one for my Shop, I’m trying to make my Shop Handicapped Accessible to accommodate me and my Ole lady’s chair.

I just started a Forum Topic to get a Discussion started about throwing around ideas and the likes, What wood would be great for the benches and the likes.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#2 posted 11-23-2008 04:03 AM

Magnificent !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 11-23-2008 04:13 AM

Very nice, hope to get mine half as nice, this will be my first one.

-- Gary, Missouri

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#4 posted 11-23-2008 04:25 AM

Wow!! Too nice too work on.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#5 posted 11-23-2008 04:33 AM

Archie, You are right, almost. For two year after I made it I keep it covered with a moving blanket. Then it got too beat up and then I just started using it. When they are new they are your BABY, and then they grow up. garysharp.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#6 posted 11-23-2008 04:42 AM

Nice bench!!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Abe Low

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#7 posted 11-23-2008 08:20 AM

Great work. And thanks for all you do at the Sacramento Area Woodworkers Club.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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F Dudak

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#8 posted 11-23-2008 04:12 PM

Great bench!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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Tim Dorcas

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#9 posted 11-23-2008 10:04 PM

I am a workbench aficionado. I love your bench! I made one about a year ago but as soon as I finished I was ready to make another one. Thanks for sharing.


-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#10 posted 12-02-2008 04:20 PM

I would have this in my dinning room… love the various woods and super joinery. Great job!!!

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#11 posted 12-03-2008 12:10 AM

Stunning,been dreaming about building one, great job. Can a person get plans somewhere for this one

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#12 posted 12-03-2008 07:16 PM

Buzz, The workbench is my own “as you go” design, but I looked up all FWW stories on workbenchs and read all the books that I could afford to buy. Good luck, Gary

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#13 posted 12-06-2008 03:56 PM

It just goes to show you, you can NEVER have enough holding devices on your bench! Great bench.


-- 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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#14 posted 01-11-2009 09:16 AM

I’m heading in the workbench direction these days…and your bench is just about the best around…thanks

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#15 posted 07-09-2009 05:36 AM

very unique… looks great and multi functional.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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