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Project by Benji Reyes posted 02-20-2015 06:27 PM 125290 views 27 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally built myself a new workbench. I always wanted to build one but something always got in the way… Work. :) My last one served me well but was more of huge table with just a side vise.

For the top, I used 2×6 saplungan which is very dense and heavy. The dogs (pegs) are dungon (ironwood)as well as the side and end vise jaws. I also added three dogs on the end vise which I think will help a lot when working with cabinet doors that I sculpt. The legs are 5 1/2×5 1/2 yakal and the stretchers are also saplungan. The table weighs 400+ lbs. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll be putting drawers underneath for some of my tools

I just started using this bench today crafting a new smoothing plane. I love my new table!!! just wanted to share with you guys. Have a great weekend!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 06:30 PM

Wow, this is amazing grain and an awesome workbench. You’ll be enjoying this for a long time, great job.

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 06:40 PM

Fantastic bench. congratulations on a fine project.
Did you use a project plan for this? or design it yourself?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 06:42 PM

That’s one hefty looking bench, nice work! I like the built in dogs/planing stops in the end vise jaw

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 06:42 PM

Beautiful bench Benji. All of your work is inspiring.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#5 posted 02-20-2015 06:46 PM

Always stunned by the excellent work you do.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 06:47 PM

Being among the woodworking elite does not exempt you from bondo pose requirements.

It’s in the Social Contract.

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 06:51 PM

Like everything you do Benji , outstanding


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#8 posted 02-20-2015 07:31 PM

Very nice Benji, it looks rock solid and it must weigh a ton. Very unique like all of your work. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-20-2015 07:40 PM

That is an awesome workbench...I always find the woods interesting that you have access to. We all have local woods that we take for granted and are easy to obtain…and when we see the woods that are most likely local to you…they are rare seem so exotic in my location

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#10 posted 02-20-2015 08:09 PM

That bench will last a few generations looking at it. Well done Benji.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 02-20-2015 08:22 PM

That’s about the nicest looking bench I’ve ever seen. Wow! I’ll bet it has some heft to it as well.

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#12 posted 02-20-2015 09:08 PM

I would never dream of using beautiful wood like that on a workbench top. I really like the end vise. Great work!!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#13 posted 02-20-2015 09:16 PM

Love the woods choices, love the style, love the look. Awesome build.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#14 posted 02-20-2015 09:45 PM

Beautiful bench and at that weight it should be nice and solid.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 02-20-2015 10:09 PM

Beautiful work as always, Thanks for sharing this.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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