Maple Workbench

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Project by milbert posted 08-05-2010 03:38 AM 6077 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build a workbench for my dad because he has never really had a nice surface to work off of. So I started this project which is built from hard white maple.

The top is 1 3/4” thick hard maple face glued in 1 3/4” sections. It is 30” wide and 72” long. The skirts are 3 1/2” maple. I decided to go with 1” dog holes for the bench with a small chamfer around the edges. The vice is a Groz vice.

The base was constructed from 2×6 boards (had to save a little money somewhere). Two boards are glued together to make 3” square legs and they are joined with the side rails with large mortise and tenon joints.

After constructing the top, there was a slight bow which made objects not lie completely flat. Since this is a workbench that is a must so after doing some research on the best way to flatten it I decided on using a router and jig since I am not too nimble with a large hand plane yet. I took my queues for this jig from an article on Wood Magazine website found here . I didn’t follow the guide exactly but it gave me a good ideas to interpret and make my own!

The finish is a couple of coats of Danish Oil and the top also has a layer of wood furniture wax for protection.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 04:06 AM

i like it alot man. Did you match the height to the delta in the background so you could have infeed support? I like the simple design. I might have to steal it. I would make it a little more shallow and longer.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 05:11 AM

Nice bench, looks quite solid and should serve your father well.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 05:53 AM

nice bench, however I think you may have trouble with legs not being under the vise. If you do any heavy work on the one it may tend to lift on the non vise end. Time will tell probably depends on what your dad is going to use it for. I would have keep the edge thickened for the 3 1/2 inches horizontal rather than 3 1/2 inches vertical so you have a wide clamping surface around the edge. That feature has sure come in handy on my out feed table which a lot of the time will get used as an assemble bench.
Hope you don’t mind the critique.
Report back how your dad likes it. Anytime you can do something for your dad is a plus.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 06:30 AM

Very Nice Bert, wish I had one just like it, love the maple top!

The routing jig is a great idea in case my first woodworking benchtop isn’t straight (a very real possiblity).

-- Smitty

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 05:05 PM

Nice looking bench. The routing jig seems quite useful.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 08:27 PM

I really like the finish with the danish oil. The top looks really clean, as in now screws. I was wondering how you fastened the top to the base?

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#7 posted 06-05-2011 10:15 PM

I hope when my sons are older,they can build me something so beautiful as you did for you dad. You are a good son god bless you.

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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