Workbench Done!

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Project by groland posted 01-11-2011 10:40 PM 3444 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just completed my workbench, and I’d like to show it to you. The top is 2 1/2 inch laminated ash and I bought that from a supplier in the area. The vice jaws and base I made of red oak. It’s a good thing the photo doesn’t show it too closely, but I think it came out reasonably well and should serve me for many years for making furniture which is what I hope, eventually, to do. I used Watco Danish Oil, Natural color, on the base and a 50-50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and turpentine on the top.

It was a lot of fun and much learning to get it this far, and I extend my thanks to so many of you on this forum who have answered my many questions along the way.

Happy New Year to all!


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#1 posted 01-11-2011 10:49 PM

sweet bench—-mine has stains all over it. wanna switch benches my friend?

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 11:20 PM

wery well done
lets see chps and dust fly from there….........I meen project´s …LOL


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#3 posted 01-11-2011 11:28 PM

Nice bench!!!!! I need to build one myself.

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 12:05 AM

Well done! I am just 30% or so behind you in building my workbench. I sure am itching to get it finished! Thanks for posting.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 12:33 AM

Very nicely done. Extensive work are should serve you for generations.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 12:46 AM

That looks like a nice, sturdy bench that should serve you well for many years and many projects.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 12:50 AM

Nice looking bench!

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 02:29 AM

It’s one wonderful bench, love that you made it so wide, that it can work as a table, and that you put all those holes for vices.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-12-2011 02:34 AM

Should be able to hold anything with that array of dog holes, nice bench!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 01-12-2011 04:32 AM

Great bench with massive top and vice…you will get many years of great service from the bench and I’m sure the time and money invested you will never regret.

But I do want to know why your bench is sitting in your living room? Way to clean to be a shop!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#11 posted 01-14-2011 01:30 AM

Way to go! Nice bench. I really believe having nice basic things like this to work with really help one strive to do better work. I noticed the way too clean workshop too. You trying to make the rest of us look bad?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 01-14-2011 01:34 AM

You REALLY did a super job with this !

I’m sure the dual vises will come in all kinds of handy.

And the look … really goes great with that flooring !

What’s the length and width of that top, and … if you don’t mind saying … what did it cost you ? I really debated about buying a top. Some pretty good deals to be had—even through places like Grainger and Grizzly.

Ah. Just noticed your through-tenons. Classy ! Are they pegged ? Did you bevel the through parts ?

Verrrrry nice !

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 01-14-2011 07:13 AM

I know the room looks too nice for a workshop and it is. It was my younger son’s bedroom growing up, but the kids are grown and gone now and the room was unused, so there’s that. Second, where we live is very, very wet. When there are heavy rains we get a trickle of water in our basement and garage, and I didn’t want to cause this nice wooden bench to soak up water, get stained and burst, I just couldn’t see it. My wife would sure like to see it out of there, but she’s a wonderful mate and tolerant of my eccentricities. Then I had a luthier friend in my youth who lived in a two bedroom apartment on the second floor. The large bedroom was his workshop, so on another level, it didn’t seem that strange to me.

I think I paid $250 for the ash bench top. I bought it from Baird Brothers in nearby Ohio. They make wooden butcher block tops, and I think these tops, that I found on e-Bay, were made to use up scrap wood. They finger-jointed pieces and glued up these big surfaces, then finished only one side and sold them for less than their top-quality tops. I think it’s around 2 5/8×28 x 72. It was 96 originally, but I had them cut it down. I sold the extra piece to a deer hunter for a butcher block for $75, so I made some money back on it.

Yes the tenons are draw-bore mortise and tenon joints. The tenons are not beveled, they’re straight, I just sawed them off a little long and beveled the ends a bit. I just kind of decided to do it in progress, I liked the way it looked.

Now, I guess, it remains to be seen if I can actually make some furniture on it!

all the best,


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