My work bench brings all the boys to the yard

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Project by TheFridge posted 07-02-2016 10:02 PM 8483 views 13 times favorited 73 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Warning- pic heavy

I’m “officially” done

48” ish long X 20” ish wide X 35” ish tall

Top is made from poplar, maple, white and red oak, lyptus

Legs from white ash

Stretchers from cypress with purpleheart accent

Leg vise from spalted hackberry elm with a maple guide

End vise from white ash with spalted hackberry elm and red oak chop. Meranti for the handle spacer.

Vise hardware is homemade. Mainly 3/4-6 acme rod and nuts with nuts welded on the end and ground/sanded smooth. Handles are 5/16 round stock threaded for 1/4-20 on each end. Stanley brass nuts drilled through and tapped for 1/4-20 to cap the handles off.

Integrated plane till, saw hangers and a slide out hand tool chest that will have an attachable cover to be portable. One day.

3/4 rod and nuts bought off eBay for 40-45$, Used a gallon of tb3, and some 1/2” round brass bar stock for maybe 10$. All the wood was free. Mainly offcuts from a local cabinet shop for the top and the rest is from a stash my paw paw gave me.

Finish is BLO, MS, and wax in equal proportions. Roughly.

Anti racker. I drilled a 1/2” hole through a 1/2” nut and inlayed into a block. A 1/2” brass rod passes through the block, the nut and the leg. The 1/2” nut has a tapped 1/4” hole that the handle bolt goes into like a setscrew. It works better than I though it would’ve. Easy to make and use. The handle is below the top of the table when loose and tight. So no problems there.

Leg to top joinery is has a mitered outer tenon. I had to inlay some meranti to cover the gaps in the through tenons of my first 2 legs. I got the hang of the through tenons on the last 2 Iegs (the left legs). Pretty sure I got the idea for this joint from a William Ng vid.

Took me 6 months to have a functioning bench with vises and another year to add everything else. Tools included. If I was harassed as much as stef was I’d have probably finished sooner :)

It was a very good joinery and hand tool learning experience on for me.

Any questions or criticism just let me know. Thanks for looking :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

73 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-02-2016 10:14 PM

Nice work. The underneath storage of the hand tools really takes it to the next level. Lots of cool features.

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#2 posted 07-02-2016 10:39 PM

Thanks bud. I had a vision and I think it came together well. Perfect for me and the space I have now.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Scott Landry

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#3 posted 07-02-2016 10:47 PM

really nice bench!! I wish I had put one of those slidey things for the hold downs on the side. That’s a really nice feature. And all the storage looks great. You gave me some really good ideas. I love my bench soo much I don’t know how I managed without one.

-- 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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#4 posted 07-02-2016 10:49 PM

“Damn right its better than yours.”

Lol fridge. Youve one upped all others in every facet. Storage, style and sexiness.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 07-02-2016 10:49 PM

lol, the title brought me here, the quality made me comment. Nice job & HOT Pics, of the work bench! What were you thinking? Ha Ha!
Love the title though, the song in stuck in my head now. My work bench brings all the boyz to the yard, damn right… haha thats great….. Thats a lot of good wood used, its awesome it was mostly free. Good details man, it looks solid.

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#6 posted 07-02-2016 11:19 PM

Thanks guys

Scott- take the ideas and run with it I say. On board tool storage is awesome.

Stef- your bench is a beefcake always in the gym. Mine is a trendy metro dude :)

Mike- the prerequisite “bondo” pic is a requirement on new workbenches. I wanted to add some flair :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 07-02-2016 11:50 PM

Aw damn Fridge, now my wife is giving me ish for having a mediocre pose on my bench debut!

Great bench and great bench accessories. And the Steferinksi is right, you one upped everybody.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 07-03-2016 12:56 AM

Nice Pose sorry I was supposed to look at the nice bench and all the pictures below . LOL
Well done and well equipped with all the fixtures and toys and mostly all shop made .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 07-03-2016 12:57 AM

Dude, I think some of those poses are gonna give me nightmares….............!

On the other hand, the bench really turned out great! You’ve got everything you need, and plenty of storage—a great combo!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 07-03-2016 01:25 AM

Thanks a bunch guys. These pics could’ve worse but I didn’t want my project deleted :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 07-03-2016 01:25 AM

Yes! Congrats with the finished bench.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#12 posted 07-03-2016 01:32 AM

Lots of nice joinery there. I like it a lot!
.... but that said big guys like us look a little silly on little benches. I do have to say you look better than I did. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 07-03-2016 01:40 AM

I think that Fridge owns stock in an eye bleach company. ;)

Nice work and thanks for the thorough documentation!

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#14 posted 07-03-2016 01:47 AM

Nice work there. Great bench and pose.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 07-03-2016 02:03 AM

lol Fridge. Nice poses. And the bench too, I guess.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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