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Project by Planeman40 posted 04-12-2019 10:43 PM 767 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Way back in the early to mid 1970’s I read an article in one of the first issues of Fine Woodworking magazine about the Danish woodworking instructor Tage Freid and his woodworking school in Denmark. In the article Freid said the first item for his students to build was their very own woodworking bench, one he had designed. A few photos of the bench and an isometric dimensioned drawing were shown. I built this bench from that drawing out of Beech. After nearly 50 years of using it I must say it is an excellent bench!!! A couple of years ago I ate lunch with the editor of Fine Woodworking and asked why the plans were never offered by the magazine. He said he would look into it, but I never heard back. Probably an copyright issue. Note my carved initials on it. I hope it will be a treasured family heirloom one day for a future family woodworker.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!





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#1 posted 04-12-2019 11:38 PM

No doubt it will be treasured for many generations to come! Excellent craftsmanship, just beautiful. So many years of faithful service behind it, it’s obtained it’s own brand of special magic!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#2 posted 04-12-2019 11:47 PM

Beautiful work! 8 or 9 years ago I answered an ad and scored this bench for (not sure) ~$150…..in really dirty shape:

I’ve since cleaned it up but but don’t want to take away from your great efforts….....Well done!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 04-12-2019 11:59 PM

That is a nice bench JL7! It just needs a clean up and a finish applied to it. And a hell of a great price!!!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#4 posted 04-13-2019 01:26 AM

Nice bench.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 04-13-2019 02:46 AM



That is a nice bench JL7! It just needs a clean up and a finish applied to it. And a hell of a great price!!!

- Planeman40

I have to say again, I am in awe of your great build…..Wow! I have since built my own bench and the one I posted above is in my living room now …...I use it every day…..hard to explain but I didn’t want to get rid of it…...such a great engineering design…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 04-13-2019 02:49 AM

Very nice build Planeman40, love that rich finish that is holding up well. Tage Frid would be jealous. Here is a plan for a larger bench done in the same style” https://hobbyworkshopprojects.blogspot.com/2019/02/building-classic-cabinet-makers.html":https://hobbyworkshopprojects.blogspot.com/2019/02/building-classic-cabinet-makers.html. A short Tage Frid plan is in FW #4.

-- "There are no utopias, chaos theory reigns, anyone who says different is selling you something"

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#7 posted 04-13-2019 11:56 AM

nice bench…a family heirloom for sure…...............cheers, jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-13-2019 01:13 PM

That bench stays nice as I only use it as a work holding device while I carve, sand, chisel, and plane. I never paint, pound on it, or abuse it in any way. For painting, pounding, or abuse, I save that for a large sturdy work table made for it. It is not a large bench, but it will easily hold a full size door while I plane the edge. There is a separate work rest that can be put into the front wooden vise to hold large panels and items to work on.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#9 posted 04-13-2019 03:14 PM

That’s a real beauty. Sure wish I had space for one.

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#10 posted 04-13-2019 06:45 PM

Well done. I can see lots of uses for a bench of that design. Is the good looking finish Shellac?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#11 posted 04-13-2019 06:54 PM

”Is the good looking finish Shellac?”

No, it is Deft, a type of lacquer that comes in a can and is brushed on. At the time of its making, I wasn’t as well learned of finishing types and techniques as I am now in my old age. I didn’t appreciate shellac until about 30 years ago. Shellac is great stuff! Wish I had known this earlier.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#12 posted 04-13-2019 07:04 PM

JL7, I just reread your line “the one I posted above is in my living room now” which set me to wondering if you are married. A married man’s wife wouldn’t let a nice woodworking bench sit in “her” living room! No way around it! You can only be an unmarried man who is in control of his life and can put a woodworking bench anywhere he damn well wants! As well as a urinal and a refrigerator full of beer and pizza! ;-)

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#13 posted 04-13-2019 07:20 PM

Planeman – I can relate to your growing to appreciate a shellac finish. I like it on my oak workbench for the ease to repair a damaged spot.
The amber look of your first photo fooled me.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#14 posted 04-13-2019 08:34 PM


You can only be an unmarried man who is in control of his life and can put a woodworking bench anywhere he damn well wants! As well as a urinal and a refrigerator full of beer and pizza! ;-)

- Planeman40

You got it all right but the urinal…....not a bad idea tho….....! Thinking about converting one of the bedrooms to a finishing room also…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 04-14-2019 01:32 AM

Love this

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