My finished workbench

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Project by Doer posted 09-02-2010 10:05 PM 4510 views 10 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been my summer project. I built a new shop 30×50 and began furnishing my Dawg Haus with Old Woodworking Machines. My first purchase was a 1962 Delta Unisaw and a Delta 4” Jointer. Next was a C-Man RAS (really not my favorite but the price was free), then a Delta 14” BS made in the mid 60’s. I was disappointed with the small jointer and found a Powermatic 50 on CL. I bought a PM120 which is a 12 planer but it is still in the process of rebuilding. Latched on to a Boice Crane OSS, a Powermatic 30 belt/disc sander, a Delta 15” drill press and a Powermatic 45 lathe. Finally I added a Powermatic 81 Bandsaw and a Delta HD shaper. All bought for ridiculously low prices except for the sander…….....I now need a workbench. Bought 200 BF of 8/4 Hard Rock Maple and a bit of Black Walnut and to work I go. The top is edge glued maple with a few Walnut boards thrown in for cosmetics and is 3” thick. The aprons and breadboards are 5” wide and the top measures 7’6” long and 31” wide. The tool tray is three 8/4” boards cut on the bandsaw and smoothed with a straight cut bit on the shaper with a guide bearing before gluing up. The base is all 8/4” maple with a bit of 4/4” Walnut and joints are mortise and tenon with draw-bore Walnut dowels. The floor between the stretchers is Cherry with Walnut plugs on a cleat under the floor which is dadoed to the stretchers. My front vise is a NOS Record 53E vise I found from a local seller and the tail vise is one from Lee Valley manufactured in CZ. Both are quick action. I mortised the vises rear jaw slightly below the top and inset so only wood is exposed. Dovetails were cut on my Powermaitc 81 using a jig I built from MDF and final fit was by hand. I made the outer wooden jaws to match the sled feet thumbnail profile using the bandsaw and a shoulder plane. Finish is Boiled Linseed Oil and Turpentine hand rubbed. Only thing I have planned to do is drill dog-holes. My father owned a cabinet shop and as a child, I was his very affordable helper (food and lodging) but this was really my first woodworking project in many years and these are the first dovetails I ever made. I used a couple of books to assist my design and all power tools used except for the planing was made with tools from the 60’s and 70’s that I have bought and rebuilt to some extent. My intention is to build a bar for my Dawg Haus next with cherry and some left over 8/4 maple i have. Anyway, thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 09-02-2010 10:21 PM

Welcome to LJ’s and a great big WOW !!!
You are not Really going work on that are you?????
That in itself is nice enough to be a bar… fact, I’ll come on over and have a drink !

Look forward to seeing more of your upcoming projects.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Glen Peterson

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 10:24 PM

I love your bench. I’m particularly impressed by the dovetails where the walnut and maple meet at the corners. Beautiful work, great attention to details. You should post your entire shop. I think a lot of folks would like to more of it.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 10:26 PM

I’m green with envy about your huge shop! Oh yes the table is way too pretty to work on and get dinged up, put it in your living room and put the big screen doodad on it! If you do work like that I’ll be sure to look at it.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

PS I see you have fun when you are not busy! I can’t ride anymore due to my bad back. :-(

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 10:27 PM

VERY NICE, That as much art as it is a bench that you can admire for years to come. I was talking to a guy here where I work about the benefits of building a bench versus buying one. The knowledge gained is invaluable.

-- Paul "Riz" Erie, PA "Share your wisdom, it is the way to achieve immortality"

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 10:29 PM

Love it, thumbs up!

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 10:36 PM

very cool progression of both shop and workbench – love the wood combination on it!

seems like you gave all your tools a good workout as well on this project. makes it all worth while

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

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#7 posted 09-02-2010 10:41 PM

Very nice bench, I’m drooling…

The size of that shop! Holy smokes!! Nice man cave.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#8 posted 09-02-2010 11:15 PM

that’s a beautiful bench!

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#9 posted 09-02-2010 11:26 PM

Great Man Cave!!! Nothing like all the comforts WITHOUT women. Sometimes I even crank up a machine especially if I think she might be curious. Screaming machines usually drive them away. Urah!


P.S. Nice bench too.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 09-02-2010 11:43 PM

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 09-02-2010 11:46 PM

Now that a bench to work off of for years to come Doer, nice design and stoutly buillt. Enjoy your new work mate and stay safe, thanks for sharing…BC

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#12 posted 09-02-2010 11:59 PM

All I can say is, “Wow!” Just, wow!!

-- GX

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Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 09-03-2010 12:16 AM

I agree, very nice bench. I built one similar to this but wish I had added in those walnut accents. Love the spacey shop.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 09-03-2010 12:26 AM

Wow, room and tools you are very lucky.

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#15 posted 09-03-2010 12:31 AM

Just when I begin to feel somewhat competent, some yahoo like Doer wanders in and reminds me that I really don’t have a clue… :)


-- Life is a sales job.

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