Hobby Bench

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Project by johnstoneb posted 02-29-2016 02:55 PM 4531 views 30 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a place to consolidate supplies and tools from some of my other bad habits. This bench was published in Woodsmith a few months ago. It fit what I wanted for a bench almost perfectly.

The top is from birch Woodcraft. I was going to glue up a maple top. I stopped at Woodcraft for something and when leaving they had about 20 of these stacked up at the door on special About $5 a BF. Thats about what I pay for maple here. One of those tops went home with me. The frame is maple. The drawer carcases are 3/4 birch ply wood from the BORG faced with maple. The drawers are maple with baltic birch bottoms. The drawer front use box joints. They are on wooden slides. Woodsmith called for the drawer back to be put in about 4” from back of drawer to allow for full extension on the drawers. I moved that to about 2” still get full access to the drawer length. The drawers were handfit with a little wax on the guides they glide open almost on their own. The finish is danish oil and wax. There were a lot of nibs in the oil when dry so put the wax on with 0000 steel wool. It came out like glass. It picked up a first place in the Ada County Woodworkers Artistry in Wood show. Looking forward to spilling glue etc on the top now.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 03:04 PM

Really nice bench. Wished mine looked like that.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-29-2016 03:06 PM

Really nice Bruce. Did you make the stool too?

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 03:17 PM

Great looking bench and great go have a dedicated hobby bench.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 03:23 PM

That’s my shop stool made that a couple of years ago. I’m going to have to make another now.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 03:38 PM

Excellent work. You’ll enjoy pursuing your passions at this bench for a long, long time!

I hope I will follow your example soon!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 04:28 PM

Looks very good Bruce. Something with fly tying fishing bench?


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#7 posted 02-29-2016 04:59 PM

I’ll use it for flytying and fishing rod building. Those are two bad habits you want to stay away from. They lead to long overnight trips and beer. You also never seem to have enough boats and other tools.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 02-29-2016 05:11 PM

Very nice bench. Good job.

-- Jon (aka. Vaul)

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#9 posted 02-29-2016 05:34 PM

Nice bench. Great work.

-- Chris K

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#10 posted 02-29-2016 05:45 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 02-29-2016 06:34 PM

Love it. Nice work!

-- PaulMayer,

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#12 posted 02-29-2016 06:41 PM

Bruce this is a very nice hobby bench. You did a fine job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 02-29-2016 08:12 PM

great bench love it way to good to get glue all over it


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#14 posted 02-29-2016 08:13 PM

Beautiful! I’ll bet my wife would love one of these for her sewing/craft room.

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

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#15 posted 03-01-2016 12:48 AM

Great job Bruce. I like Your design a lot.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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