My new maple bench

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Project by sfrobk posted 02-11-2018 04:18 PM 3925 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally made a new bench, Frank Klausz style, from maple. My old fir one, which I made 20 yrs ago, wasn’t aging well and had several flaws that grew to annoy me. Now I’ve got a nice piece of furniture, in my shop, that I can admire without going upstairs to look at my other stuff.

This new one took perhaps 80 hours from milling to finishing. Built from an article in WWJ, it’s solid maple, with maple dogs, no flip up stop (I just use a bench hook), and no oil tray (paste wax works great for plane soles). Unlike my old bench the dog holes align, end caps are splined to stay in alignment w/ the top, and the shoulder vise block doesn’t jam. Finished with polyurethane and wax to clean up easy.

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 04:22 PM

A bench to be proud of-well done and sure to get lots of use on future projects

-- It's only a dumb question if you ignore the correct answer

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 04:49 PM

Very Nice! Reminders me I still need to make some ramps for my tray!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 04:55 PM

Very Nice !!!

Maple sure does make the bench look nice. I have several older benches that I have purchased over the years at auction or wherever. None, as nice is this one.


-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 04:59 PM

That is a beautiful looking table, as you said a piece of furniture in your shop. Love it!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 05:10 PM

Nice is right. It’s almost to nice to use.

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#6 posted 02-11-2018 06:31 PM

You did build a piece of furniture worthy of the upstairs. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 02-11-2018 08:04 PM

Wow that sure is a nice bench. And rare to see people building the classic gernam/nordic style. It loks almost identical in design to the 60 year old one I have (eccept mine has wooden spindles)
Bet it will serve you for many years to come. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 02-11-2018 09:59 PM

Beautiful bench. The green you see on this side of the fence is pure envy. Nicely executed.

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#9 posted 02-11-2018 10:09 PM

gorgeous – congrats on awesome bench

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 02-11-2018 11:29 PM

Looks like a beauty!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#11 posted 02-12-2018 01:51 AM

Great build!

-- AJ

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#12 posted 02-12-2018 03:47 PM

This reminds me of a running joke we had back in high school, wherein a buddy of mine would frequently evaluate the aesthetic of somethings, then proclaim loudly in a thick Slavic accent “No, NO…TOO SEXY!”

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#13 posted 02-12-2018 04:53 PM

This is just incredibly beautiful. Amazing to use of course, but for now, just beautiful.

-- -- Tyson

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#14 posted 02-13-2018 01:03 AM

I thought I posted a comment and some questions to this string two days ago, but can’t find any trace of it. Absolutely beautiful execution on this very useful but challenging bench build. A new bench is next on my to do list because I need to replace my 30 year old Tage Frid bench, so I have a lot of questions. What other styes of bench did you consider and why did you choose this one? Why did you decide to build a traditional tail vice rather than a wagon vice or buy modern hardware like the L-N? Did you consider the Lake Erie offerings? BTW, 80 hours for this build sounds incredible. You must have been very focused and very efficient. Which tools were most important in this project and which tools did you wish you had?


-- michael

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#15 posted 02-13-2018 01:12 AM

Michael, I built this one b/c I built the same from fir 20 yrs ago and it works great. Never wanted any other kind of bench, likely for the same reason you love your Tage Frid bench, which might be very similar. I sell software for a living, so when woodworking I like old designs that just work.

80 hrs is a rough guess, might be more/less. Handplanes, my benchtop planer, table saw, bandsaw, and handsaw (actually needed a bigger one than I have but worked around it) all got plenty of work. 8’ pipe clamps, heavy hammer (!), and dust collector, naturally. Oh, and my sharpening glass/papers/jigs. Couldn’t do much without them.

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