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Project by Michael O'Brien posted 11-15-2019 12:52 AM 1438 views 7 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my work bench. It’s made from construction grade F17 hardwood (Vic Ash). It’s big and heavy, at just over 500 pounds. To deal with wood movement, the central core of the table (running lengthwise between the legs, and the end vise screws), is laminated MDF and Birch Ply. I then used half inch strips of Vic Ash as a “veneer” on the top and underside of the bench.
I’ve been using it for almost one year, and its been excellent.
I rarely need to move it, but when I do I use a car jack and a set of dollies. I use this method for moving all my shop machinery.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia





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Hazem

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#1 posted 11-15-2019 01:43 AM

Wow. Nice bench. What are the dimensions?

You use ash for construction down there??

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torus

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#2 posted 11-15-2019 01:49 AM


I’ve been using it for almost one year, and its been excellent.

Did you take this pictures after one year of use? ;)
Very sharp looking bench!


Wow. Nice bench. What are the dimensions?

You use ash for construction down there??

- Hazem


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_ash

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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Michael O'Brien

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#3 posted 11-15-2019 02:20 AM



Wow. Nice bench. What are the dimensions?

You use ash for construction down there??

- Hazem


2320 (L) x 840 (W) x 855 (H)
91.3” x 33” x 33.7”

Tasmanian Oak and Victorian Ash come from two near identical eucalypt species, Eucalyptus Delegantensis and Eucalyptus Regnans. Grown in Southern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Both are hard woods and sometimes used in furniture making, but generally Flooring, Joinery including Window Frames, Door Frames, Staircases, Panelling, and Mouldings.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#4 posted 11-15-2019 02:23 AM


I’ve been using it for almost one year, and its been excellent.

Did you take this pictures after one year of use? ;)
Very sharp looking bench!

Pictures taken when it was finished. Still looks similar – just never clean!
Wow. Nice bench. What are the dimensions?

You use ash for construction down there??

- Hazem

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_ash

- torus


-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#5 posted 11-15-2019 02:25 AM



Wow. Nice bench. What are the dimensions?

You use ash for construction down there??

- Hazem


2320 (L) x 840 (W) x 855 (H)
91.3” x 33” x 33.7”
Tasmanian Oak and Victorian Ash come from two near identical eucalypt species, Eucalyptus Delegantensis and Eucalyptus Regnans. Grown in Southern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Both are hard woods and sometimes used in furniture making, but generally Flooring, Joinery including Window Frames, Door Frames, Staircases, Panelling, and Mouldings.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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#6 posted 11-15-2019 02:29 AM

Tremendous build. Enjoy it in use!

-- AJ

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swirt

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#7 posted 11-15-2019 02:33 AM

Superb bench. Clever addition of the plate for using the hydraulic jack.

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 11-15-2019 04:34 AM

MASSIVE, and all that space underneath for whatever kind of drawers, shelves, or ??? you desire, if growth is an option. Nice bench.

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#9 posted 11-15-2019 11:18 AM

I hope you signed it someplace, because that is a work of art!

-- Petey

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#10 posted 11-15-2019 02:09 PM

It’s beautiful. Did you have a set of plans or did you design it yourself?

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#11 posted 11-15-2019 06:57 PM

Wow, that’s very impressive. Way to nice to use. What type of wood work is your main focus? TIA

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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trialrun

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#12 posted 11-15-2019 07:17 PM

Love it!!!! Looks like it’s built like a tank

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DrTebi

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#13 posted 11-15-2019 07:55 PM

Nice work. Looking at the leg to table connection, it looks like you were inspired by the “Roubo” workbench. I notice however, that you decided to add a stretcher between the legs, on top, which differs from the Roubo design. What made you decide to do that if I may ask?

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Michael O'Brien

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#14 posted 11-15-2019 08:14 PM



I hope you signed it someplace, because that is a work of art!

- Peteybadboy


Thanks, I haven’t signed it yet – but I think I will…

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#15 posted 11-15-2019 08:19 PM



It s beautiful. Did you have a set of plans or did you design it yourself?

- MJR


No plans, but built round a desire to have a twin screw vise on one end, and a top thick enough to use traditional hold fasts (it’s just over 4 inches). The twin screw mechanism operates between the legs – so that influenced the width, the length was my choice.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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