Traditional Workbench

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Project by Ray Friddle posted 03-08-2016 03:52 PM 1904 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this a couple years ago but didn’t get the time to upload. Inspired by a number of different benches I’ve seen. Used an old oak table cut into strips and laminated for the top. The surrounding apron from a hardwood table I found outside someone’s house. Some reclaimed redwood posts for the legs. Face and end vises were found on CL. The end vise chop has my non-patented pop-up bench dogs which can be seen in an earlier post.

Thanks to my wife for letting me hide out in the garage and hammer this one out!

Interesting fact: the top was used for a photo of a molecular model for a journal publication. Granted all you see is the laminated wood in the photo. It can be seen here:

We’ve since moved, so I sold this to lighten our load. My new workbench? Much less involved.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 03-09-2016 12:35 AM

That is a very solid looking bench and should serve you well for years to come.
Cool story that goes along with it too.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 07:27 PM

Congrats, hope it works as good as it looks.

-- John in Florida

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