my new work bench

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Project by grizzman posted 05-20-2010 05:59 PM 7609 views 21 times favorited 64 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well here is what Ive been doing for three weeks now…im pretty pleased with how it turned out, im going to be adding a wood workers vise soon and will drill my dog holes also…getting a feel for it and thinking of how i want to do all of it..this work bench is made primarily with antique southern heart pine, its rated as hard as oak and to me its very beautiful, there is no stain on this project…this pine has an instant patina when you clear coat it, the end panels and the drawer fronts are poplar, the trim around the drawers is kwila, and the center drawer handles are black walnut with an dogwood inlay, i cut a 1/4 rabbit around the edge of each drawer and then glued and clamped the kwila in..the wheels that are on this are 6 inches in diameter, they are each rated for 350 pounds, two of them have a 4 way locking mechanism and the other two have a push down locking system , there usually used in the medical field and i got them from a good friend who works with medical equipment. the top is 3 inches thick, the top is almost 7 feet long and 3 feet wide, the whole frame is done with mortise and tenon joinery and are pinned with 3/8 dowel and the bottom tenons are done with bubuinga. the top sits on the tenons that are on each post , they are approx 2 inches thick and 4 1/2 wide and 2 inches high, so there are no metal fasteners for the top,the drawers all slide on a 3/4 inch oak rail, i flocked the first drawer with red flocking and will finish the others likewise. i want to say i was finally inspired to build this from autumn, she is an inspiration to me and when i saw her working at her bench in her last project, i new right then i wanted to make one, and i proudly sanded the top a final time with a mahogany block sander that was gifted to me by karson, there are many here at lumber jocks who inspire me constantly and i thank you all. i took enough pictures to do a blog on this build and will post that next week, thank you so much for looking…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 06:01 PM

Wow Grizz a fantastic bench it looks beautiful. It should last for years and years.


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#2 posted 05-20-2010 06:12 PM

You have outdone yourself! This is incredible!!!!
I just love the design… you have incorporated drawers without completely enclosing the bottom of the bench. My greatest fear with enclosure is losing something in the back! This is a wonderful solution. I may have to add that to my existing bench. the drawer fronts look very elegant and the whole bench looks beautiful. Congratulations, my friend, you have really done some fine work here.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 06:12 PM

That is something to be proud of. Good job! I like the wheels. I have a bench on wheels, it is a good addition.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 06:14 PM

Hey Grizz, That bench looks fantastic! I am in need of a nice workbench myself and I love the look of your. I will be looking for your blog, that for sure! I pick up an old vintage 10” Craftsman Wood Vise, one that was still made in the USA before Japan started making them, a few weeks ago and as soon as I can fit it in, I need the bench to mount it on. Great Job Grizz.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 06:27 PM

Beautiful Grizz. Really nice job. Those drawers are great

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 06:30 PM

Very nice Grizz, you’ll love having this for years to come and never regret the time you put into it. Great job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 06:33 PM

Great job grizz! I sure wish I had room for something like this. That will last you a very long time. I hope you have someone to pass this along to when the time comes. Thanks for posting!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 07:00 PM

Wow Grizz, what a splendid “work bench”
You gotta be kidding us though, I bet it’s really a banquet table for serving Sausages and Kraut! Like the utensil drawers and the ability to roll to other locations for parties.
It’s just too nice to be banged around as a workshop bench.

You da Man!

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 07:07 PM

looks awesome!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 05-20-2010 07:32 PM

Great looking bench Grizz! Nice craftsmanship.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 07:38 PM

TOO NICE FOR WORKSHOP USE!!!! I would be “scared” to work on it for fear of scratching it! Great looking bench.

Erwin Jacksonville,FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 07:39 PM

Grizz, wear the heck did you find that much old southern, I assume you are referring to long leaf yellow, pine. It is hard to find around here and high$$$ stuff to be making a work bench with. Excellent choice for hardness. Great job.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 07:48 PM

Oh yeah, that’s a manly table. Big, beefy, Bada**. I am favorite-ing this build.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 08:00 PM

Wow, great bench!
I hope mine turns out half as good once I get around to building it.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#15 posted 05-20-2010 08:55 PM

N I C E !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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