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Project by tracker posted 03-01-2007 01:16 AM 6637 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished my workbench! Found some Ash in a bargain bin and added Jatoba to it for contrast.
The base has a bottom stretcher with pinned through tennons and there is a top stretcher that cannot be seen. The top is 3” thick 4/4 ash and 8/4 Jatoba turned on end glued in 4 sections—then a final glue up. I was going to flatten by hand but ended up taking it to the shop to run through the wide belt. Glad I did that as it came out REALLY nice and flat.
The biggest challenge was the finger joints on the ends. The end caps were done with a dado on the table saw but the 3.5” front aprons had to be roughed out on the band saw and them fitted them with a rasp and chisel.
I do not have the room in the shop to ‘float’ the bench out in the middle so I did not do an end vise but one could be added later as I did ¾” dogs all the way down the bench and then in front of the front vise.

-- Scott - Dallas, Texas

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#1 posted 03-01-2007 01:29 AM

Very nice workbench. Be careful driving nails into it. It will mess up the finish.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-01-2007 01:40 AM

Karson, I wouldn’t worry about Tracker making any marks in that dinning room table, by the looks of his shop, he’s never done any woodworking – not a spec of wood dust anywhere. LOL

Beautiful work, Tracker!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 03-01-2007 02:00 AM

Very good work. The first thing you need to do is cut into it with a saw or chisel just to get it over with and then you will not have to worry about scratching it all up while using it. LOL


-- Dave.

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 03-01-2007 03:09 AM

I think you just need to put a vase in the middle of it and put it in the front room. To beautiful to work on.

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#5 posted 03-01-2007 03:25 AM

Very nice indeed! I am a huge fan of Jatoba and am also considering it for my upcoming bench project. I agree with DaveC, go to town on that thing and give it more character! I have a cheap, 2×4 constructed bench now and still use scrap plywood to protect the top while working.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#6 posted 03-01-2007 03:26 AM

How are you ever gonna get any work done on that? I’d be afraid to mess up the finish…lol

Very Nice Work, looks like it’ll last a life time, Scott

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#7 posted 03-01-2007 04:23 AM

Beautiful piece of art. Work on…...add character!


-- RusticBru of Utah,

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#8 posted 03-01-2007 04:34 AM

What’s that clamp doing on your dining room table? For cracking open nuts, lobsters, etc…?

Very nice. May your table inspire many great projects (over the generations it will last).

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 03-01-2007 04:47 AM

You just might be a Lumberjock when you use a work bench as a kitchen table, or a kitchen table as a work bench.

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#10 posted 03-01-2007 04:51 AM

Good One! Quick, add it to the list!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 03-01-2007 09:36 AM

thats almost good enough to eat your dinner off !!

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#12 posted 03-01-2007 11:18 AM

Almost? As clean as the shop is, it IS clean enough. When you’re used to eatin in the shop full of sawdust and as sawdust free as this “shop” looks, I’m wondering where the kitchen chairs are.

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#13 posted 03-01-2007 11:40 AM

Nice bench, dont worry about the first scratch it just adds to the history of the bench

-- [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 03-01-2007 02:09 PM

Wow beautiful, I like the mixing of wood. You better get a hold of Dennis. He’ll teach you how to put some stress marks in it, or he’ll do it for you. I heard he doesn’t charge much either.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 03-01-2007 03:51 PM

I think he just hits it with a hatchet and calls it patina

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