Beech and Walnut Workbench

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Project by dominator1md posted 11-06-2015 10:19 AM 4125 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to share the work bench that I had built. I decided that I was going to be a purist and use only traditional hand tools on this, and I did. (Mostly) all of the dimensioning of the lumber was done at a mill, but other than that I used all hand tools. the most fun part was hand making the walnut and beech dowels that pin the table together. there is a quick release vice mounted at the other end that is hard to see. This project forced me to understand how important a workbench is. I flattened the top with a No. 7 plane with the chunk of wood sitting on two sawhorses and no real hold down abilities. that table top and I danced circles around my garage. now I am thankful every time I throw a piece of wood up there and it stays in place

As always enjoy and feel free to leave feedback.

And yes I know there is a tail missing on one of the dovetails. decided not to cover it up to serve as a reminder to mark my waste and to double check before I start hacking away.


-- Dominic, Severn,

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 02:13 PM

Beautiful bench. Yes always mark your waste and make sure you are cutting on the correct side of the line. I think everybody cutting dovetails has done the above at least once. That bench is a work of art.

It makes it more enjoyable to work in the shop when you have nice looking benches and cabinets around you.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 02:37 PM

So now works a beech huh? Nice bench!

-- Brian Noel

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#3 posted 11-06-2015 04:59 PM

That is a beauty.

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#4 posted 11-06-2015 07:16 PM

Love the contrast of the walnut and the beech. Great looking bench.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 11-06-2015 08:29 PM

your not even a day old and already shining my friend great looking work bench just dont be afraid to scratch it up a bit.and welcome cant wait to see whats coming.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 11-06-2015 10:57 PM

Thanks for all of the comments.

-- Dominic, Severn,

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#7 posted 11-07-2015 02:20 AM

Great looking work bench. Nice job.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 11-07-2015 02:48 AM

Mighty Fine I like It good job

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 11-07-2015 07:37 AM

Love it!

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#10 posted 11-07-2015 11:19 PM

Nice bench. Slap a dovetail pin on there and nobody will know the difference. I also made a new bench recently and discovered how awesome Hold down clamps can be. I highly recommend putting some 3/4” or 20mm dog holes on your bench and getting some spring steel hold down clamps.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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