Fishing Bench

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Project by Nick424 posted 05-26-2019 05:52 PM 911 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a phone call a month or so ago from a man whom I had never met. He told me he had seen some of my work and gotten my number from someone who thought I could help him. He wanted a bench so he could work on fishing poles. He and his son loved to fish and he had no place to store poles, or work on them when he wanted to change line and things like that. He wanted to be able to store poles behind it, but wanted a place on the front to hang a few that he might be using. He wanted two big drawers, and two doors for storage. He told me he was going to put a vice on it, and bought a new one, but when he saw the bench he refused to let me drill holes and mount the vice. He brought me some air dried walnut and some maple to use that had been his fathers. This is what I came up with and he could not have been happier. He bought the pulls but I failed to get a picture with them on. They were a nice big wrought iron handle. The bench is 6 feet long and 34 inches deep. He wanted it 39 inches tall.

I know people will ask, the bench top is made of LVL. It is a building material used to carry a load, or to span an opening like a garage door. I cut into 2 1/4” strips, planed the finish off of the front and back and glued them together on their edge. The other stuff in the top is PSL also a construction material used for post type support. I put the random pieces in just to be quirky. They are only 3/4” deep in the top and I set them in the LVL before I glued it together.

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#1 posted 05-26-2019 11:10 PM

looks great. I’ve got to build a workbench soon, probably won’t be as nice as that one.

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#2 posted 05-27-2019 12:14 AM

man thats a beautiful bench if his rods are as nice as that bench he makes some sweet rods.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 05-27-2019 02:33 AM

looks great. I ve got to build a workbench soon, probably won t be as nice as that one.

- NoSpace

Thanks, I don’t really think of it as a bench, more of a work table. It is on wheels so that makes it less of a bench, at least in my thinking.

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#4 posted 05-27-2019 02:37 AM

man thats a beautiful bench if his rods are as nice as that bench he makes some sweet rods.

- pottz

I never saw any of his stuff, but he was happy with the results. He was thrilled with the wood, when he brought it to me it was rough sawn and he had no idea how good it could look planed and finished.

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#5 posted 05-27-2019 06:11 AM

From my point of view this could be some very fine kitchen cabinet – it is so beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-27-2019 01:36 PM

very, very nice !!
the high level of craftsmanship is evident in every detail.
well done !!



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#7 posted 05-27-2019 04:17 PM

Turned out quite special.

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