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Project by Dave Rutan posted 06-18-2019 02:28 PM 1520 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I was given control of my space at work a few months ago I’ve had it in mind to build a small workbench to use in addition to the table space I have. I wanted a classic looking bench that would be low enough to hold the cellos and double basses that I occasionally work on. Sometimes it’s helpful to have them less than table height.

I made this bench to fit the space I have. It is 20”x33”x30” high. I made it using 8-2×4s. I put two vises on it because I hope one day to actually build a fiddle from scratch and they will come in very handy then. I also need them for planing fingerboards and such. (See the pic whith the cello neck holder.)

I coated the whole bench with boiled linseed oil to slightly color/protect the wood. Age will do the rest.

The bench dogs are made from brass nipples with matching end caps. Zathras wanted something nice. (Babylon 5 reference)

Mandatory glue-up photos:

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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pottz

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#1 posted 06-18-2019 02:33 PM

nice looking bench there’s nothing worse than spending a day working on a bench thats not the right height,unless you want a sore back.that should make your job a lot more enjoyable.

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

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#2 posted 06-18-2019 02:41 PM

That’s a great-looking bench, Dave! Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-18-2019 02:42 PM

So cute and adorable… good work buddy

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-18-2019 02:48 PM



nice looking bench there s nothing worse than spending a day working on a bench thats not the right height,unless you want a sore back.that should make your job a lot more enjoyable.

- pottz

It’s also going to be a boon because I’ll be able to work on the larger instruments from all sides. Some repairs require that.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 06-18-2019 03:35 PM

I like it, I feel a lot of people’s benches are unnecessarily too long.

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#6 posted 06-18-2019 03:46 PM

Great little workbench and for working on instruments, it looks ideal to me.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#7 posted 06-18-2019 04:00 PM

Very nice Dave! This will serve you well.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#8 posted 06-18-2019 05:03 PM

I liked your bench the second I laid my eyes on it. A perfect size for many many needs!

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

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#9 posted 06-18-2019 05:54 PM

I meant to include a pic of the bench dogs.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#10 posted 06-18-2019 06:47 PM

Le bench petite….

Benches are a lot like underwear, using someone else’s feels funny. If you fell good using it, that is what matters. If while it feels good it is highly functional, winner winner chicken dinner.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 06-18-2019 07:16 PM



Le bench petite….

Benches are a lot like underwear, using someone else s feels funny. If you fell good using it, that is what matters. If while it feels good it is highly functional, winner winner chicken dinner.

- therealSteveN

Yes. I was sharing my work table with the boss. All kinds of guitar stuff in the way. Once he moved it all into his own space I felt much better. Got myself a tool board and a bright light. Much bertter. This little workbench will help me a lot.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#12 posted 06-18-2019 09:41 PM

great little bench!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 06-18-2019 09:57 PM

Hello Dave,

Thats a very solid little workbench you have constructed.
Excellent finish result.
Nothing like having our own patch of turf.
I cannot see if the mortices in the top are wedged in so I wondered if it was knock downable enough to take home.

Also where do you work at? the reason I ask is because of the grey/blue item next to the bench in celo picture, it looks like a hot water system only a lot more more complex?

-- Regards Rob

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Lazyman

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#14 posted 06-18-2019 10:12 PM

This is a great bench design for anyone with small shop space. What a clever idea for the dogs. Going to have to look at that one a little more closely.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#15 posted 06-18-2019 11:07 PM

Bob,

The bench is able to be knocked down. That’s another of its features.

The gray and blue item is a steam boiler for household heat and our hot water is piped through it.


Hello Dave,

Thats a very solid little workbench you have constructed.
Excellent finish result.
Nothing like having our own patch of turf.
I cannot see if the mortices in the top are wedged in so I wondered if it was knock downable enough to take home.

Also where do you work at? the reason I ask is because of the grey/blue item next to the bench in celo picture, it looks like a hot water system only a lot more more complex?

- robscastle


-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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