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Project by swdst posted 12-27-2018 01:04 AM 843 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, some of you may remember the debate i was having about ripping down 2 mahogany tables that I had to make a bench top. Well, after a few opinions on here, some self convincing, and a need for the tables to be out of the way, I decided to go for it. The legs are 8”x8” from a chestnut beam that was in the loft of an old barn built in the late 1880’s, it was an extra from the original construction. The stretchers are 2 1” hard maple boards I had laminated together. The stretches are morticed into the legs and pinned with 1/2” walnut pegs, and the legs are tenon and dovetailed into the top. I still have to order the wood screw kit from lake Erie for the leg vice, and debating on a wagon vice in the opposite end. The leg vice will be accompanied by a sliding dead man. I actually built this about a year ago, but it ended up with an 8’x18”x3” ash slab on it for about a year, but now the dust is wiped off and I can finish the build. Any opinions or constructive criticism is quite welcome as I value the opinions of this forum.

-- The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for. Louis L'Amour





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swirt

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#1 posted 12-27-2018 02:23 AM

It is beautiful and stout. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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swdst

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#2 posted 12-27-2018 03:19 AM

Thanks, I’ve had to move so much out and around the past week that my poor shop looks like a small nuclear device went off in it, guess now I get some quality shop time….cleaning

-- The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for. Louis L'Amour

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swdst

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#3 posted 12-27-2018 04:02 AM

I realized I didn’t post any deminsions

-- The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for. Louis L'Amour

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#4 posted 12-27-2018 02:27 PM

Looks like you should be eating off of the table with candles, fine china and crystal wine glasses instead of pounding on it with a mallet. A work of art – congratulations.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#5 posted 12-27-2018 11:30 PM

Wow. It’s beautifully built and there’s a lot of history in it! An overall great project.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 12-28-2018 12:07 PM

Nicely done…...I’m currently researching designs for a bench of my own. I really like the dovetail/tenons joining the legs to the top, and I’m curious about the dimensions of the benchtop….would you mind sharing?

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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swdst

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#7 posted 12-29-2018 02:37 AM

The top is a shade under 3” thick (though if you can go thicker, you won’t regret, except maki g those big deep mortices by hand lol) 28 1/2 (or so) wide, and 70” ling (thoughbi suggest going longer if you have the room). I really wanted to go 90”+ in length, but my main room in my sectioned off basement shop wouldn’t allow it. I built it allowing myself no less than 3’ of room around the back and one end of the bench, and 5’on the front and other end. U am quite happy with how it turned out, but if I could I would gonl ok anger and thicker. The legs are 8×8 solid chestnut timbers, and while they are gorgeous, after 135+ years of drying, they were light as a feather. I finish surface alot if boards with planes, so weight was priority, if I ever build another bench, I will go with ash, oak, hickory or locust for the legs. I got my basic ideas from Schwartz’s book The Woodbench Design Book. I dont buy into alot of his “truths”, but the man does know a thing or two. I just cut the other end cap today, and that will bring my total length to 73”, I however won’t be installing it until after the holidays when I order my wagon vise hardware, I’m also building a leg vise and will be ordering the wooden screw and hardware from lake Erie toolworks.
End cap ready to go

Cherry for leg vise

Also did a maple glue up for the vise before I decided the cherry would look better

-- The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for. Louis L'Amour

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#8 posted 12-29-2018 02:41 AM

Excuse the second picture being upside down, not sure what happened there, and the grammatical errors, typing on a phone is getting harder with every year lol

-- The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for. Louis L'Amour

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