Ash/walnut workbench

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Project by JimmyS posted 01-24-2017 01:33 AM 3044 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first major project. It took a few off and on years to complete. I am happy with it for the most part, but the more I get into hand tools the more I find it lacking in certain work holding abilities. Of course I read Christopher Schwarz’s two books after I had it completed. I guess I will have to make another one someday. It’s made of ash with walnut accents. Finished with BLO and beeswax.

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 02:44 AM

looks great. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the few years I’ve been doing this is I am almost never satisfied with anything I build and think of better ways to do it after the fact.

Its progress, I guess. That’s what they keep telling me, haha.

-- Mat

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 05:49 AM

That is a really great looking bench. That black walnut is a really nice touch.

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 07:30 PM

That is a real beauty.
How thick is the top?

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#5 posted 01-24-2017 09:21 PM

This is a fine workbench. This is going to be a wonderful addition to your shop and it will help you in so many ways and for many years into the future. For many woodworkers their workbench becomes their best friend.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-24-2017 09:36 PM

I don’t get to see much ash here (except for my really bad projects) and am wondering how it is to work. Is it a splintery wood that is is it more like douglas fir than, say, maple?

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#7 posted 01-24-2017 09:47 PM

Nice work, Keep tweaking.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#8 posted 01-24-2017 10:24 PM

Good Looking Bench!

Any info on the hardware (vises)?

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#9 posted 01-24-2017 10:33 PM

Great work!

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#10 posted 01-25-2017 12:46 AM

Appreciate the comments, the top is 2 inches thick.

Ash is readily available in Wisconsin and is usually pretty inexpensive; $2 a board foot. Emerald ash borer will eventually wipe them out, I heard in the next few years there will be a ton of ash on the market then no more. It is tough as nails which is why I made bench out of it, but working with hand tools is tough. You can forget about planing against the grain, it just tears out chunks. If your careful about grain direction It isn’t too bad.

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