Work Bench

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Project by hutchmp posted 09-15-2018 05:45 PM 2462 views 17 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed the workbench that I had been planning for the past 5 years! It was designed specifically for this space so I have all my tools at hand and maximize the storage in the dead space of the bench. I did a ton of research on the best vise combinations and settled on a leg vise and end moxon vise. I built or fit all the hardware myself rather than spending $1000’s on the kits and I’ll tell you that these work extremely well. The only part I purchased was the Saint Andrews Cross from Hovarter for the leg vise. I used as many hand tools as I could on this and used hand cut joinery for all the connections. I chose a trestle table design and used butterfly joints for the cross stabilizer members between the trestles that also support the drawers.

- Material: Hard Maple / Walnut, 6×6 Doug Fir for the legs
- Weight 308 lb
- 4 5/8” Thick (solid) top
- 77” L x 26.5” W
- Approx 4 months to complete (weekends / after work)

-- Hutch

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#1 posted 09-15-2018 06:21 PM

wow you did an incredible job on this bench.not only very functional but a beautiful piece of art in it self.just dont be afraid to scratch it up-lol.ill say congrats on a top 3 now,its a given.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 09-15-2018 06:33 PM

That is definitely a beaut.
The short drawers had me puzzled until I noticed the vac. tube.
Do you run a grounded bare copper wire through the vac. system to reduce static?
I’m really tickled to see your chisel and hammer racks on the wall.
Thank you, bookmarked.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 09-15-2018 07:43 PM

That’s one BEAUTIFUL table!!! WOW!!!

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#4 posted 09-15-2018 08:24 PM

A thing of beauty, right there.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#5 posted 09-15-2018 08:44 PM

NotaJock (Mike),

Yes, I had to shorten up the 2 middle drawers to fit around the vac pipe.

I do run a copper wire through the vac pipe and attached it to my blower motor which grounds it through the plug.


-- Hutch

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#6 posted 09-15-2018 09:20 PM

Great job on the bench! The monogrammed leg vise is a nice personal touch.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 09-15-2018 11:10 PM

Absafirgginlutely gorgeous!

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#8 posted 09-16-2018 12:00 AM

you nailed it!!!

-- Ken

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#9 posted 09-16-2018 02:08 AM

Magnificent bench. Wow!! Makes me want to start building one tomorrow.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 09-16-2018 02:46 AM


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#11 posted 09-16-2018 03:21 AM

Outstanding workbench! Should be a pleasure to do your work on this beauty!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 09-16-2018 05:08 AM

Very nice work my friend.
That is a great bench!

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#13 posted 09-16-2018 05:24 AM

That is an awesome looking bench, that said it’s way to pretty for me, I’d be scared to use it, that I would beat it up too much.

Thanks for posting this, and congrats on your 3.

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#14 posted 09-16-2018 05:46 AM

It’s like any other project that’s for working with/on…’s beautiful before you work on it, but why lower your standards when making it? Make things to the best of your ability and make them durable as well. Hard maple top with danish oil, when it gets marked up, plane it down and put on more danish oil!

-- Hutch

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#15 posted 09-16-2018 11:04 AM

Very nice! I love the leg chop and the drawers under the bench

-- I could quit if I wanted

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