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Project by Les Hastings posted 12-07-2012 05:11 PM 20596 views 78 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench started out as just a 2×12 and a 2×4. Then I decided it needed to be made out of something a little harder. I finally rounded up some white oak to make it out of. Somewhere in the process I decided to dovetail all the joints and champher all the edges. The tall vice was in Shopnotes a while back and i thought it might come in handy so I hand made it first. I have an old school vice that I was going to put on the end of the bench. After I mounted it to the bench I decided it was butt ugly and took it off. That’s when I decided to make that vice too. When I made it i changed the handle a little bit, so I then remade the handle for the tall vice to match. Right before the finish went on I thought it looked a little plain, that’s when the inlays started. First it was just going to be the top but after that was done I decided it need just a little more. Every time I looked at it, it needed just a little more. When I finally decided enough was enough I finished it with two coats of Waterlox. I’m thinking I’m done with it now????

Thanks for looking and have the best of holidays to all!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 05:16 PM

The woodworking on this is incredible! How do you envision that you will actually put this to use? Anchor it to your main bench? Standalone?

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

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Les Hastings

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 05:18 PM

Mike , the holes in the legs are to clamp it down to your bench. Thanks

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 05:21 PM

Looks too pretty to run the risk of marking it with a saw or a chisel. I want one!!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 05:23 PM

Quite a beauty! Incredible workmanship Les! It would make a wonderful addition to any shop. Certainly artistry in wood. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 05:31 PM

You seize to amaze me Les. Beautiful bench.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 05:35 PM

Now you have to make a 2nd one that you don’t mind scratching or cutting up :-) Definitely showed great craftsmanship and pride in this project.

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 05:40 PM

Really nice work on that. I’m curious to see/hear what uses it will have.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 06:05 PM

Who wrote the book of WOW ?Les did!
It’s true all of your projects always have that double wow factor. A very wonderful bench Les


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#9 posted 12-07-2012 06:07 PM

That is a great idea and executed astonishingly well Les, well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#10 posted 12-07-2012 06:17 PM

HOLLY CRAAP, that thing is amazing! I hope it doesn’t overshadow your actual workbench!?

I love the carvers “leg vise” you added. Lots of great ideas here.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 12-07-2012 06:35 PM

beautiful work, and looks very handy too

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 12-07-2012 07:01 PM

Very nice.
Definitely worthly of coping.
Should help a great deal with those low workbenches.

That workbench is like a dame with makeup. Are you sure that it is done?

Great bench.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#13 posted 12-07-2012 07:30 PM

very very nice..the inlays sure jazz it up and make it into art! Great traveling vise.

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#14 posted 12-07-2012 07:37 PM

Amazing woodwork project! Congratulation Less!

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#15 posted 12-07-2012 07:43 PM

Great look! Too nice to be used, at least in my shop.

-- socrbent Ohio

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