Benchtop bench Neanderthal style

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Project by EMFritz posted 09-25-2015 04:52 AM 2545 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After about 4 months of on and off work I finally finished my labor of love. This was a project with a lot of firsts for me so I was learning as I went. The top is ash and the tressel base is maple, cut from a 12×4 solid block. I used only hand tools and traditional jointers. The only metal is in the press screws. I attached the top to the base with walnut dowels.

The top got 3 coats of ting oil and the base got 3 coats of danish oil with a medium walnut stain. I am planning on adding some dog holes but I can’t bare to drill holes in the recently finished top. I am debating on whether or not to even use it now or try to find a place for it inside. It is not perfect but I am super happy with how it came out. This was my first venture into full traditional woodworking with only hand tools and I’m hooked.

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 09:45 AM

Nice! Looking forward to seeing projects built using this. It is something I should be considering for a winter project.

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 12:05 PM

Nice job! I recently switched to hand tools as well and had my first hardwood project last weekend. It’s a different animal for sure. Lots to learn. Looks like a great bench for cutting small dovetails.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 04:47 PM

Adorable small project. I hope it will serve you well whatever it will be at the end.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 10:09 AM

Nice and sturdy looking addition for your workbench! The higher workplace will help eyes and back a lot.
Enjoy learning on each new project!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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