Work Bench- Finished

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Project by James Lango posted 11-07-2009 10:33 AM 5667 views 28 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here she is… 100% complete and ready to use.

Thanks for all your posts/feed back. The stretchers are rabbited for either a future shelf or a base of drawers unit. The last picture shows my answer to the tail vise situation. Hard maple runners tounge and grooved to keep her in line and true.
Not sure what i was thinking about the last 2 dog holes. (for some reason i thought the block on the front vise stood higher than the top, and i could use those 2 dog holes to hold work). All I did was make the last 2 holes shallower- cause the vise threads and left rod are smack in the middle of those 2 dogs. lol. Doesnt really matter, guess i’ll just need a shorter one for using those 2..

Some advice: I also thought i could get around the fancy “framed tail vise”. There is really no way around it! You need something to keep this baby straight. I have seen crazy examples of complex dovetailed tail vises. (and thought “i dont need all that, i will do it my own way”) If you’re going to spend the time to build a bench like this- dont think about shortcutting it. If I would have designed for a “good” tail vise, i would have saved tons of time and the turn out would be much nicer/tighter.

For those who are seeing this for the 1st time- i posted last week during the construction and wrote in detail..

So far, 1 brushed coat of Linseed oil- dried, and wiped off.
Thanks for looking, James

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 12:58 PM

That looks like it will give you years of service. Well done

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 01:03 PM

Beautiful Bench

-- Vince

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#3 posted 11-07-2009 01:04 PM

a true piece of art. great job.

-- Guy Kroll

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 11-07-2009 01:07 PM

Great! You will enjoy working with that bench for many years.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 11-07-2009 01:14 PM

Nice! those are some meaty tails on that baby! Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-07-2009 01:24 PM

Are you really going to use it? Looks awful perty to be choppin and slicin wood on.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 11-07-2009 01:33 PM

looks great James…almost to nice to use :-) I’m sure you will get tons of work done with such a great looking bench….

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#8 posted 11-07-2009 02:10 PM


-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 11-07-2009 02:31 PM

Very nice job,son. I’m in the middle of making the FWW workbench at the moment and unless someone has made a bench before, they have no idea how much time and effort went into your beautiful piece of work. Congratulations, “shezabeaudy”,mate.

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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#10 posted 11-07-2009 02:44 PM

That’s a great asset to any shop. Wish I had room for one. Bravo Zulu

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#11 posted 11-07-2009 03:08 PM

great bench James looks fantastic


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#12 posted 11-07-2009 03:17 PM

She defenately is, lol, nice one :)

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#13 posted 11-07-2009 03:54 PM


I’m thinking …. that bench would be equally at home in a formal dining room.

The clamp would make a fine napkin holder!

You did an awesome job. Hope you’re willing it to somebody. It’s gonna’ outlast the lot of us :-)

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 11-07-2009 04:04 PM

nice work james, looks great

-- RKWoods

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#15 posted 11-07-2009 04:29 PM

Very nice bench James, thanks for the posting

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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