First Woodworking Bench

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Project by Dewviking posted 02-03-2020 05:17 PM 1788 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed my first woodworking bench project with the help of a couple very generous friends. I learned a great deal about woodworking throughout the project and wouldn’t be able to post this without their help along the way.

The bench is made entirely of oak. The majority of the bench is constructed from a couple white oak railroad ties. The white oak was fairly green, so I had to practice my patience for a couple of years while it dried. Thankfully this gave me enough time to build a proper shed/workshop for the bench.

I elected to pursue a split-top Roubo style bench that is loosely based on the Benchcrafted design. I also installed the Benchcrafted glide series leg vise and a Yost 9” quick release tail vise. A combination of hand/power tools were utilized to prepare the lumber. The base, upper trim, chop, and sliding deadman were stained and the bench top is covered with boiled linseed oil. The bench top provides a workable surface area of 28” x 78”.

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#1 posted 02-03-2020 05:53 PM

gorgeous bench,thats gonna make your life a lot easier and more pleasurable.your grand kids will be at that bench someday.

-- 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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#2 posted 02-03-2020 06:48 PM

That’s a great bench. I wnat one of those in the worst way!

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#3 posted 02-03-2020 06:54 PM

nice job, she’s a beauty

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#4 posted 02-03-2020 07:18 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

Another nice entry for the Work Bench Smack Down thread!

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#5 posted 02-03-2020 07:56 PM

Looks great. I know that you put a lot of work into it.


-- In my imagination all of my tools are sharp. (Andy Rooney in FWW article)

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#6 posted 02-03-2020 10:57 PM

Nice bench. I’m envious of that BenchCrafted Glide, so smooth. I agree with Pottz, that is a bench future generations will appreciate, and during the years you use it, it will increase your productivity, and make every project better, and easier to make. So much like a good pair of shoes are the foundation of a back, and steady frame, that bench will be what your shop is based on.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 02-04-2020 02:08 AM

Beautiful bench! It looks like a real hefty piece. Great job and enjoy using it.

-- AJ

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#8 posted 02-04-2020 03:03 AM

Great looking bench.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 02-14-2020 10:41 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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