Holtzapffel Workbench

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Project by Damian Penney posted 03-10-2009 02:27 AM 7628 views 16 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, well it’s 99% complete and since I started it almost exactly a year ago figured I’d post it. Still have a few dog holes to do and need to trim the end without the vice but other than that we are in business :) The top has walnut strips, and the whole bench is done in maple, weighs a ton and is solid as a rock. I’ve already gotten a ton of use out of it, and I’m looking forward to it giving me many years of faithful use.

Front vise is the Veritas twin screw and the end vise is just a big metal jobby (same one Schwarz recommends) based on a suggestion from one of the other Popular Woodworking editors I just glued the pieces that the twin screw passes through, seeing just how strong these glues are (they are supposed to be stronger than the wood so I don’t really expect any issues) so far so good, but it’s early days.

Anyway, it was a great project and I’m really pleased with how it came out and that I didn’t settle for a store bought one (I was close).

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 03-10-2009 02:43 AM

Absolutely a winner! And you have a BU Jack to go with it. I’m envious. That bench will last generations.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#2 posted 03-10-2009 02:47 AM

There’s only one thing wrong with it … it is not in my shop! ;>}

There is some really fine craftsmanship in this bench … you certainly have a right to be proud of it.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 03-10-2009 03:07 AM

im going to favorite this project! I am researching benches now as i prepare to build my own. I love how yours came out! Great craftsmanship! I am a fan of the walnut accents.


-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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Marco Cecala

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#4 posted 03-10-2009 03:08 AM

All my bench pieces are rough cut, assembly is waiting for some chairs I am finishing. The walnut looks great, I’m going to borrow the idea on my Roubo bench. Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 03-10-2009 03:16 AM

Definitely better than a store bought work bench. The walnut looks great in the pictures and must even better in person.

Don’t worry about trimming the non-vise end, just keep cropping it out of pictures.

-- P.O.C.

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#6 posted 03-10-2009 03:54 AM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 03-10-2009 04:43 AM


Well worth the wait…great looking bench no doubt you will produce beautiful projects on such a masterpiece. A piece sure to be handed down to the next generation.

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Damian Penney

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#8 posted 03-10-2009 04:47 AM

Thanks guys, and for the record the finish is some tung oil with a blip of transtint in it, and then some Maloof oil & wax.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 04:55 AM

Wowee!!!! What a beauty! Damian, even the smallest details are carried out beautifully. I’d be too proud of this to work on it.

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

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Francisco Luna

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#10 posted 03-10-2009 05:22 AM

Incredible Bench Damian, looks awesome! The Walnut strips give a lot of caracter to the piece.
Do you remember the bench I made and offered to you? well, lsomebody in Santa Rosa is having fun with all my hard work…lol
I want to start again with something like this!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Les Hastings

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#11 posted 03-10-2009 05:24 AM

Awesome bench Damian!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Damian Penney

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#12 posted 03-10-2009 05:39 AM

Hey Francisco, yeah I remember your bench very well, glad someone is putting it to good use :) Although it had to be real hard parting with it.

Thanks Les & Charlie :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#13 posted 03-10-2009 12:46 PM

That thing is going in your living room, right? When you build something that pretty you better not put it in the shop!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#14 posted 03-10-2009 02:33 PM

You made a bench into fine furniture. Are you sure you want to use it.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#15 posted 03-10-2009 10:46 PM

this looks great

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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