Workbench Completed!

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Project by Raider posted 06-10-2012 02:37 AM 4693 views 24 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished my workbench. It is based on the Essential Workbench from FWW. Hard Maple with Jatoba aprons. 2 Lie-Nielsen chain drive vises, one 12” on the face, and the other 18” on the end. The top is about 29” deep by 90” long. It took about 4 months of on and off work on weekends and random evenings after work. The dovetails ended up being through dovetails with a piece of Jatoba laminated onto the pin board after I blew out one of the sockets while chiseling it out. It is finished with a couple of coats of a Bees Wax, Turpentine, BLO mixture. The top is about 2 1/4” thick with 5”+ wide aprons. A cabinet full of drawers is in the near future.

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 03:12 AM

You did a wonderful job, I bet you will have many years of use of this bench. Love the woods used, great detail

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 03:19 AM

Great looking bench

-- Jon

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 03:25 AM

Awesome! I love the contrasting woods in the legs and aprons.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 03:55 AM

Very nicely conceived and executed. Bravo! Nothing like working off your own workbench.


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#5 posted 06-10-2012 04:29 AM

Great looking workbench! Definitely need to make one for myself now

-- Ben from IL

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#6 posted 06-10-2012 06:07 AM

Yes, this is splendid! I too, love teh contrasting woods and D/Ts. I am jealous!

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#7 posted 06-10-2012 08:41 AM

The finish appears to be flawless. It just begs to be touched. During holiday meals, it would make a fine sideboard in any dining room also.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#8 posted 06-10-2012 10:10 AM

Great looking bench!

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#9 posted 06-10-2012 11:18 AM

Great bench

Nice clean and tidy no complicated bits

It is going to be a pleasure to use

I like the contrasting woods

Shows that shop furniture can also look good


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 06-10-2012 11:43 AM

that is a beautiful piece of work, well done….

-- "it is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand as a sheep"

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#11 posted 06-10-2012 11:50 AM

That is awesome! What a great bench!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#12 posted 06-10-2012 01:32 PM

That is a really nice workbench. Looks like you did a fine job on it and you will be able to use it for the rest of your life.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 06-10-2012 02:32 PM


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#14 posted 06-10-2012 02:54 PM

Congrat on your new workmate, this turn out fabulous the wood choice are sweet eye candy for any shop. Great work thanks for posting…BC

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#15 posted 06-10-2012 06:28 PM

looks good please add it to my thread the work bench of your dreams thread so the readers of that thread can see it thanks

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