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Project by Brice1 posted 03-07-2020 02:05 PM 3306 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks – long time since I’ve posted due in part to some health related issues. I grew tired of my old bench and decided to make one that is a bit heavier and more steady. I’ve always admired the shaker style benches with drawers and decided to give that a go. The only “fancy” addition are the lamb’s tongues on the legs. Not traditional Shaker – but I like it.

This one is 8’4” long, 31” wide and 34” high and contains 12 drawers with dust panels. I used maple for the top and legs and beech for the beveled upright “siding” which is tongue and grooved for additional stability. The secondary wood for the drawers is Poplar.

The climate here in Pa can be quite hot and humid and therefore hard on tools. To help with that problem I made the drawers to piston-fit so that the air hisses out when closing. It’s a very satisfying sound! Additionally, my last bench top had problems with the humidity so I put 3/4” through bolts through the full width of the 8/4 X 4” top.

The hand cut dovetail drawers were a handful of work but I’m glad I took the time to do it. They bring me a little smile each time I open one. I put dividers in all of the drawers which has helped tremendously with simple organization of chisels, measuring tools and the like. One of my health related issues is a bad back – so I made a matching bench-on-bench with a Moxon vise that sits chest high. Made a huge difference on my back and its really nice to have the work close enough to actually see without bending.

Here are a few pics of the bench on bench and some additional bench photos

The bench is now a year old and is as stable as ever. The air-tight drawers have eliminated the rust problems altogether and did not require further fitting from winter to summer. In general I’m really happy with this build and don’t think I’d have done anything differently.

Thanks for looking in and, as always comments and critiques are always most welcome

Best to all


-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#1 posted 03-07-2020 02:41 PM

That is a nice bench! I noticed you set up your leg vice on the side opposite your end vice. What makes you prefer that arrangement?

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#2 posted 03-07-2020 02:54 PM

Very nice bench Brice but then I would have expected nothing else. More importantly, it is great to see you back. I had begun to wonder if you were still with us.
For anyone who is meeting Brice for the first time here, do have a look at his past projects. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope this is a sign that you will be posting more soon.
Again welcome back!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 03-07-2020 03:22 PM

The most awesome bench ever. Looks like itll be around long after the pyramids fall apart.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#4 posted 03-07-2020 03:31 PM

Paul – thanks for your kind comments… It’s nice to be up and around a bit in the shop. Congratulations on your school of marquetry. I wish I were closer and in a bit better health – I’d sign up in an instant. There’s much I could learn from you…



-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#5 posted 03-07-2020 03:32 PM

Very nice Shop Furniture addition, will have to check your past projects if Paul recommends them they must be incredible:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 03-07-2020 03:34 PM


I located the leg vise opposite the end vise as I felt it would accommodate the way in which I work more effectively. I’ve not had any second thought about it’s location – even though it’s not really traditional.



-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#7 posted 03-07-2020 04:06 PM

Amazing Bench Brice , fantastic workmanship.


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#8 posted 03-07-2020 05:15 PM

Wow! super nice bench! I’m sure you will have years of use out of that beauty and then it will end up in somebody’s kitchen.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#9 posted 03-07-2020 07:23 PM

Wow that’s a beauty! I’m going to go burn mine now, ha! Great craftsmanship.

-- Darrel

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#10 posted 03-07-2020 07:32 PM

Wow !!! talking about bench, yours is in another class, glad your feeling better, I know the feeling I’ve experienced some health isues myself, so I do understand, the main thing is your here and performing like a pro, bravo. Enjoy your shop.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 03-08-2020 12:35 AM

Really exceptional …...... but I’m now looking forward to seeing the outcomes of you using the bench.

-- Madburg WA

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#12 posted 03-08-2020 12:48 AM

That’s an amazing bench!! Building a sturdy bench is on my wish list just gotta find the time and gumption to tackle it!! I’ll definitely save this one to admire and pull from if I ever do make my own.

-- Matt R

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#13 posted 03-08-2020 02:57 AM

Wow! That bench and accessories is very impressive.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 03-08-2020 11:27 AM

You have skills! That is amazing

-- Petey

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#15 posted 03-08-2020 02:01 PM

That is one fantastic bench. Looks amazingly solid. Almost too nice for the shop and should be considered a fine piece of furniture. Well done.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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